Sci-fi action film flawed and formulaic
Sometimes when we go to the movies, we’re looking for complex stories about the sorts of trials and tribulations we encounter in real life. They’re dramatized of course, but at their core, these are stories that could have happened to us in some way, shape or form.
And sometimes, we just want to see some stuff blow up. Guess which category “Battleship” falls under? Surprise – the movie based on a board game isn’t overly invested in character development!
The film is centered around Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch, “John Carter”), a ne’er-do-well troublemaker whose latest scrape with the law finally pushes his brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgard, TV’s “True Blood”) to demand that Alex join the Navy. Flash forward a few years and Alex is progressing through the ranks, though he’s never quite shed his inability to be bound by The Man’s rules. He’s also dating the lovely Samantha (Brooklyn Decker, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”), a smart, tough woman who just happens to be the daughter of Alex’s superior officer Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, “The Grey”). Because that’s just how things work in movies like this.
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