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Peter Berg produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspire... read more read more...d by Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane. -- (C) Universal

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DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012

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  • September 18, 2014
    Battleship is a cross between a US Navy Recruitment campaign and a film based on a board game. It is as odd as that sounds. The army message of 'Your life won't amass to anything without us' message is a bit sickening and the 'Those left disabled by war are still useful' message ... read moreeven more so. The acting is dreadful, the script is baffling, the story is laughable, the cast is a strange mix of could do better and couldn't do any better and the aliens are rubbish. And yet for some strange reason part of me quite enjoyed it. The stupid part.
  • February 24, 2014
    Surprisingly okay for a film based on a game as plotless as Battleship. My favourite part was when they actually played it.
  • February 11, 2013
    Sometimes you just want to turn your brain off and watch things getting blown up. This picture fits the bill perfectly. Don't try and think - don't notice the obvious plot contrivances, the cartoonish caricatures, the total implausibility - manage all that and you have a decent... read more, fairly entertaining film... but we've come to bury Caesar, not to praise him - so....

    In spite of some decent special effects and the glory of seeing the Mighty Mo pressed back into action, this film reeks of "been there, seen that". All the characters being in the right place at the right (or wrong, depending on your point of view) time - the obvious attempt at establishing a rivalry that of course ends up being a plot device where the two just have to get along for the good of the planet - the hackneyed love affair ... all are attempts to give this film more weight - and frankly, the film would have been just as good (and I use that term lightly) without them.

    At the center of the film are those pretty cool aliens and their uber cool starships. Add to it the race against time as said aliens attempt to call in reinforcements, and you've got a nice action film that, for my money, does a much better and concise job of giving you that action than the Transformer films.

    That the aliens have a weakness and that the weakness isn't something you want to think too hard about is typical - but when it keeps getting thrown in your face, over and over, makes it hard to ignore. You also try to ignore that the aliens have a device like the ultimate saws-all that can repeatedly cut through anything without ever dulling - and yet for some reason they didn't arm their ships with the same metal, making it easy to destroy them with regular (non nuke) firepower (although it is hilarious to see the US Navy shooting at these high tech battlewagons with machine guns - yeah, like that's gonna hurt em!). Then try to ignore that, as the alien ships are cruising through space, they somehow don't have the guidance capabilities to avoid hitting a satellite (hmm, they traveled across how many million parsecs of space and missed all kinds of meteors and other space garbage only to crash into a satellite when coming down the home stretch???)

    I haven't mentioned the acting here, and really there is no need to - they all play their part, regurgitate the lines they are given without seeming too wooden, in spite of the cartoonish nature of the characters they are playing. But really, this film is about the alien ships and how the navy combats them. Nicely done in most regards and make this worth a watch if you just want to be entertained by mindless action.

    I also want to mention that the synopsis for the film that came up on DirecTV mentioned that this film is based on the Hasbro game of the same name. I looked twice and said, "WTF" - no way... but yes, it's true - there is a segment of the film that is like playing the children's game Battleship. Wow - wonder how much Hasbro donated to make that happen.
  • November 30, 2012
    I was pleasantly surprised at this, fearing another alien film closer to Skyline, this was a lot more like Independence Day at sea!! The SFX are really great and certainly has a impressive feel to it. There is plenty of action and a mix of humour as well with a well chosen cast. ... read moreYep it seems to skip a bit of the story early on in the film, unless I missed a 1 year later text pop up? At times it could almost be an advert for the American Navy, past and present. It manages to pay homage to the Battleship game as well in one scene, and Brooklyn Decker is great eye candy. If you enjoy a no-brainer, fun action Independence day, then you'll have a blast!
  • October 22, 2012
    Ok. I admit it. I am an absolute sucker for these kinds of movies. Fun! Exciting! Action filled! Plenty to hooray about!! A love letter to U.S. veterans, and the military in general. One part Independence Day; one part Armageddon. Yes, things may get far-fetched in the end, and t... read morehe opening could have been edited a little more (but everyone wants a bit of story, right?). All in all, it offers the feel-good feelings it shoots for very effectively...and the geek in me had to applaud at the end. :)
  • October 19, 2012
    Contrived and kind of stupid at times. Still, it is a fun, mindless action film...if you don't feel the need to question why things are happening.
  • September 15, 2012
    it's nothing new or innovative for the plot, and I felt like am watching independence day...
    but it's still enjoyable with the navy style and the good effects.
  • September 3, 2012
    Decent actioner with cool effects, Battleship based on the classic board game is not as bad as everyone claims it to be, but it's not a good film either. I enjoyed the film, and I was entertained. If you're looking for an effective and thrilling action film that is mindless, then... read more Battleship is for you. The film travels the same path as films like Battle L.A, and the action scenes are certainly fun, but this is not a film to watch if you're looking for a great film. Battleship is pure popcorn entertainment. Enjoyable, but it does have its fair share of flaws. The thing with this film is that it's predictable and clichéd, but in the end, who cares? If you want to have a mindless, dumbed down evening of noisy action fair, this is the perfect film to watch. Every year there seems to be a film that is simply designed for you to shut your brain off and enjoy. Everything about the film is dumb, ridiculous and over the top, but that's what makes it fun. A decent time waster that definitely should not be taken seriously, Battleship is this year's guilty pleasure. Don't go in expecting a great film, because you'll surely be disappointed. Expect a decent popcorn flick, and that's what you'll get. The film is fun from start to finish. If you love big budget action flicks with great special effects, then you're sure to enjoy this film. A decent flick that though isn't perfect is mindless fun from start to finish. If you loved the Transformers films, then you're sure to like this film. The special effects here are great and the battles are fun, and that's really the standout of the film. Peter Berg direction is uneven, but he manages to craft a decent action flick that is at times better than most popcorn films. There are far worst films out there than this one, and if you watch this, don't go in expecting great performances. Keep your expectations to a minimum, and you'll likely to enjoy. A decent time waster, and sometimes it's good to watch films like in order to unwind and have a blast even if it's not perfect.
  • August 19, 2012
    Battleship is an adaptation of the board game, but they've added aliens for some crappy reason. We follow Taylor Kitsch as the biggest dick in the world. He has no redeemable qualities even though we are constantly told of how talented he is. We never get to see this, so I have n... read moreo idea what everyone is talking about. He joins the navy and makes it to the rank of Lieutenant within about 5 years. Again I don't know how because they don't show it. He is joined by his older and more responsible brother played horrifically by Alexander Skarsgard. Seriously, this is one of the worst performances I've ever seen in my life and I've seen a lot. He just starts shouting at Kitsch in the most unbelievable fashion. The rest of the cast are made up of blockbuster cliches and incorporates the acting debut of Rihanna who is OK because she doesn't have a lot to do and some real life soldier who lost his legs in Iraq. Now I have nothing but respect for the man but why is he in a film? I'm not going to patronize the guy by saying 'He did well considering this is his first time acting' He didn't do well. He was terrible beyond words. Not one of his lines resonated with anything regarding real emotion. Every time the film got going, he would appear on screen to remind you of how bad it was. Liam Neeson has maybe 4 minutes of screen time and the film just cuts to him to assure you it got at least one decent actor. The special effects are fantastic even if the action scenes they are incorporated into are just messy. The most confusing part was the aliens motives, they seemed like the good guys most of the time as they refused to attack humans unless threatened. If this was an indictment of human nature or something then it picked the wrong film to do it in. It gets 2 stars for making me laugh at it on a regular basis.
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    June 14, 2012
    Quite possibly one of dumbest, loudest and cheesiest action movies I've seen in quite some time, Battleship is also extremely hilarious and a thoroughly entertaining affair. The loyalty and support the movie displays for US Navy Sailors of the past and present is heartwarming, an... read mored the humor, while stemming from obvious inconsistencies between the film Navy and our actual Service Branch, was really refreshing. Unfortunately, most civilians probably won't understand most of these amusing nuances that my Navy brethren and I did... Which will make it that much easier to dismiss this film as a worthless experience (which it most certainly was not).

Critic Reviews

Ben Sachs
May 24, 2012
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Once the special effects take over, Berg has little room to assert his personality (or tell a story, for that matter), and the movie feels like a chore. Full Review

Christopher Orr
May 18, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

Battleship is substantially less awful than it could have been. And for me, that may have been the biggest disappointment of all. Full Review

Peter Rainer
May 18, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

If the movie is anything like the game, I say stay at home and read a good book (or graphic novel). Or listen to an audiobook - In short, do anything else. Full Review

Richard Roeper
May 18, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard

Big loud stupid dopey shameless cliched overbearing and did I mention stupid? Full Review

Adam Litovitz
May 18, 2012
Adam Litovitz, Globe and Mail

One can be sure that heroic characters get what they want, bond with enemies, and earn respect. Full Review

Tom Long
May 18, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

"Battleship" doesn't sink, really. It just sits there booming endlessly as you look on aghast. Full Review

Kyle Smith
May 18, 2012
Kyle Smith, New York Post

It makes "Top Gun" look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors. Full Review

Michael O'Sullivan
May 18, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

"Battleship" is an invigorating blast of cinematic adrenaline. Full Review

Amy Biancolli
May 17, 2012
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

It's loud, it's large, it's stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito. Full Review

Kenneth Turan
May 17, 2012
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Something of an earnest, two-hour infomercial that should do wonders for naval recruiting if not civilian entertainment. Full Review

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    • Alex Hopper: I want you to know that I am in love with your daughter. And I am asking permission to marry your daughter.
    • Admiral Shane: No.
    • Alex Hopper: Sir, I saved the world.
    • Admiral Shane: Saving the world is one thing, Hopper. My daughter is quite another. If you'll excuse me, I'm late for lunch. I think I'll have a chicken burrito. Come along Hopper. We'll discuss the terms of your surrender over a meal.
    • Chief Engineer Hiroki: Your mother named you Beast?
    • Chief Petty Officer Walter "The Beast" Lynch: Don't worry about my mother.
    • Admiral Shane: Saving the world is one thing; marrying my daughter is something else.
    • Lieutenant Alex Hopper: We need to find a way to destroy that communications relay.
    • Petty Officer Cora "Weps" Raikes: Our last ship was just sunk, and we barely got off it. And we are compeltly cut off from the rest of the fleet. We don't have anything else.
    • Lieutenant Alex Hopper: Yes, we do. [stares at the battleship Mississippi anchored in the harbor] We have a battleship.
    • Captain Yugi Nagata: [on the bridge with Hopper discussing how to track the aliens] What if we could see them without seeing them?
    • Lieutenant Alex Hopper: Don't tell me you're talking about the Art of War. I've read that book six times, and it still dosen't make any sense to me. How do you fight the enemy where they are not?
    • Captain Yugi Nagata: That is a Chinese book. Display NOAA data on the bridge monitor. [all NOAA data from buoys is displayed] Now, set grid formation. [a square grid appears on the monitor, and each buoy is in the center of a square] There's one right over there. [a square shows a large displacement of water from the buoy's measurements]
    • Petty Officer Cora "Weps" Raikes: Mahalo motherfucker.

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