Went to see it the other night with the GF. I warned her this was going to be the worst movie ever made. I didn't know how right I was. They used every cliché in the book and added the same "recruitement poster" flavour from transformers. Really, really bad. Everyone in the room started laughing when they reactivated the Missouri. Not only is reactivating the Missouri scenaristically very far fetched, the scene itself has the old Battleship's tonnage worth of cheese in it. Awful...
That said the CGI wasn't bad, and if you can manage to turn off your brain and sneak in the shipping crate of salt you'll need to take the movie with not to leave the theatre halfway through, it's quite pleasing on the eyes...
Half a thumb up for the soundtrack though (except for the very last song, which is just another cliché) and for the one scene where they create the link with the Hasbro game. That one was pretty well done... Well, it wasn't half as bad as the others...
I sneaked out and saw it today. Von Barb nailed it, every cliche in the book.
The injured vet (not an actor) back in action was over the top, but dammit you accept and like it since the guy really does seem to be a vet they got for the role. You can't really spoil the plot, since it's got all the highly complex plot of a Battleship game. LOL Game elements ALL OVER the place, which was kind of funny to see them work in.
Take the glossed over alien motivation and shallow character development of Independence Day, the talented-with-great potential-but-good-for-nothing Kirk from the last Star Trek, the very satisfying metal ripping fight scenes from Transformers...throw some Top Gun in there (soccer instead of volleyball)...mix well and pour into a sippee cup.
That said, it was a fun flick after they got beyond the loser you know will rise to the occasion thing. A little Friday Night Lights reunion there too, practically playing the same characters.
The action was really good though, and fun watching the ships etc. Watching the ships fire to take out the incoming projectiles (in the shape of Battleship game pegs, of course) was cool. The pegs plug in just like a ship in the game. LOL
In a cheesy, but also brilliant move, having the modern crew have to recruit the WWII Navy vets to help run the ship was a fun scene. I got to hear the ship battle on the theater sound system, so I'd say mission accomplished.
This is not a date movie.
This is not a movie to pay much to see.
This IS a good flick to see things blow up very nicely when in the mood. It's a "military appreciation sci fi flick", if that makes sense. Might go pretty well with a bucket of beers for the at-home viewing later on. I'm sure it will be on blu-ray very soon. LOL