English Title: Battleship.
Production: USA, 2012.
Release Date: 03.04.2012 (Japan).
Russian Distributor: UPI (19.04.2012).
Genres: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Thriller / War.
Director: Peter Berg.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna.
Running Time: 131 minutes.
A bright duo of the Battleship movie comes from Hopper and Vice Admiral Shane characters, who does not want to give his daughter away to a young daredevil. It is a pity that Liam Neeson from The Grey (2012) has so few lines here, but still you will be reminded of Bruce Willis attitude from the Armageddon (1998) motion picture in terms of the relationship triangle featuring a boyfriend of a girl not making her father satisfied with his personality. In the end, Liv Tyler at the start of her career was working as a model too just like Brooklyn Decker, and the style of Peter Berg clearly pays some tribute to the master of all explosions and destruction in Hollywood named Michael Bay. It is really true, if you look above to see how many his movies we named in this Review, when looking for suitable analogies.
In the role of Alex Hopper actor Taylor Kitsch feels himself much more confident than in the case of John Carter. He visited Moscow in March of 2012, and he can be considered the breakthrough of the year already, judging by the number of major projects, he managed to cope with. In the new film he leads the newcomer Rihanna, who exchanged her singer’s microphone for the role of an Aegis weapons systems officer installed on the Hopper’s destroyer. There is also a ship’s engineer nicknamed The Beast and a young communication specialist called Ordy portrayed by John Tui and Jesse Plemons, respectively. To get used to the marine warfare a real Navy officer was brought to the project to aid Rihanna. It happened to be the U.S. Navy veteran Jacqueline Carrizosa.
The movie’s composer is the American guru named Steve Jablonsky. He has got his experience from working with the leading Hollywood maestros, including Klaus Badelt, Harry Gregson-Williams and Hans Zimmer. Among his notable works we can name the musical parts of such films as The Island (2005) and the entire Transformers trilogy. The new Battleship Soundtrack will be released separately in the beggining of May of 2012, just a few days before the title opening in the USA.
The upcoming album includes 24 tracks reaching up to an hour of playing time. Its Steve’s personal style to mix dramatic orchestral arrangements with the electronic music notes, and he follows this pattern for the new soundtrack. A special place in the film is taken by a well-known song by the Australian rockers from AC/DC. In Russia the UPI distributor has ordered a nice selection of VOs to bring in some familiar names for the local market as well as adapted most of the jokes and picked proper actors to highlight certain features of their characters’ personalities.
The Battleship film represents the modern Hollywood at its best. The spectacular and breathtaking blockbuster uses water and land territories to create the memorable ground for the interplanetary war, while not hesitating to try something new things, avoid old mistakes and reject old cliches in favor of some modern ideas. The ironic attitude of the movie’s characters to its events will not only entertain the viewers better, but also enhances their personalities making them more living and interesting. The wise refusal to come out in 3D choosing IMAX instead is a worth noting move nowadays serving this particular technology. Start learning, John Carter!
Movie Score by GameScope:
9.0 / 10