You sunk my….Battleship!

Yes, I went to go see this movie on opening day, matinee. I didn’t want to waste money and the previews looked very good so I wanted to see it not to mention, that I am a Battleship game fan. I love games that have strategies to them.

The entire movie was a complete surprise from beginning to end. I must admit that the beginning was very lame, but not soon after there was action. The plot was pretty straight forward. Saving Earth from alien invaders. But oh, how they save Earth is the fantastic part.

So Earth sends message to Earth-like planet into space, received a response and Earth to be destroyed by alien invaders. Except throw in troublesome, jobless guy who is pulled into the Navy by older brother and gets into trouble while in Navy only to become Captain of the ship because his brother dies….yeah! Throw in scenes related to the actual Battleship game along with creepy/cool aliens that attack everything except humans that aren’t attacking them back, jumping ships, some really cool effects and you get Battleship. All the actors did their part on how their characters including Rihanna which I didn’t know was her even though I knew I recognized her as well as the other female lead and the male lead actor besides Liam Neeson.

It was a pretty good movie, it didn’t inspire me to want to see it again at the movie theaters like The Avengers, but I will be getting it on DVD in the near future. View the Plot below.

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In 2005, NASA discovers an extrasolar planet with conditions similar to Earth. On the chance that it contains intelligent life, NASA transmits a powerful signal from a communications array in Hawaii, which will be boosted by a satellite in orbit. Around the same time, the talented but undisciplined slacker Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) attempts to impress a woman by getting her a chicken burrito, the result of which sees Alex breaking into a convenience store and being tasered by the police. The woman is Samantha Shane (Brooklyn Decker), daughter of United States Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), who in turn is the superior ofCommander Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard), Alex’s older brother. Fed up and infuriated at Alex for lack of motivation and possibly ruining his own career, Stone forces him to join the United States Navy.

By 2012, Alex is a lieutenant and the Tactical Action Officer aboard the Arleigh Burke class flight I destroyer USS John Paul Jones, while Stone is the commanding officer of USS Sampson. Alex is also in a committed relationship with Samantha and wants to marry her, but is afraid to ask her father for permission. During the opening ceremony for the RIMPAC naval exercises, Alex brawls with Japanese officer Captain Nagata (Tadanobu Asano), the latest in a string of incidents that could result in his discharge at the end of RIMPAC. Meanwhile, Samantha, a physical therapist, accompanies retired Army veteran and amputee Mick Canales (Gregory D. Gadson) on a hike on Oahu to help him adapt to his prosthetic legs.

Five alien ships arrive in response to the NASA signal. One ship collides with an orbital satellite and crashes in Hong Kong, while four others land in the water near Hawaii. SampsonJohn Paul Jones, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo class destroyerMyōkō investigate, but are trapped when one of the ships erects an impenetrable force field around the Hawaiian islands. The destroyers attempt to establish contact, but the aliens open fire in response to a warning shot fired by the American destroyers:Sampson and Myōkō are destroyed, and John Paul Jones is damaged with the commanding and executive officers killed. Initially attached to Sampson, Alex, who was one of the few out to take a closer look at the alien vessels, now boards John Paul Jones and takes command as the most senior officer left on the ship. Although initially wanting to attack the alien ships in retaliation for his brother’s death, Alex is convinced to break off and recover survivors from Myōkō, with Captain Nagata among them. This act prompts the aliens to call off another attack. Since the barrier prevents the use of radar and sonar, Nagata reveals that they can use tsunami warning buoys around Hawaii to track the alien vessels’ movements.

During a night-time battle, the aliens and the humans exchange pot shots, with the John Paul Jones sinking two alien ships but unable to lock onto the third. An alien soldier is recovered from the water; from the brief contact with the alien, the humans determine that the aliens are very sensitive to sunlight. Alex uses his ship to lure the alien vessel close to shore, where he and Nagata shoot out its bridge windows at sunrise, then proceed to fire at the alien vessel full force. Both ships are destroyed in the ensuing battle.

Because the ship that crashed in Hong Kong was their communications ship, the aliens take over the NASA array and begin modifying it to signal their home planet. Samantha and Mick avoid detection and run into a fleeing NASA scientist. Believing that a larger invasion might be imminent, the scientist acquires a radio which Samantha uses to warn Alex. He had planned to destroy the array with his ship, but since John Paul Jones has been destroyed, the survivors are forced to return to base and acquire the only available naval vessel, the USS Missouri. Although a museum ship, Alex and his crew are able to reactivate Missouri with the aid of the retired veterans preserving her. The battleship engages the alien ship and destroys its barrier but ends up with only one high-explosive shell remaining. Alex uses it to fire on the array, but before the defenseless Missouri can be attacked one more time, fighters from the RIMPAC fleet (which scrambled to attack as soon as the barrier fell) arrive and eliminate the alien ship. The NASA array explodes, destroying the aliens and their equipment.

Back on shore, the naval personnel, along with Mick, are honored for their actions in defeating the aliens. After the ceremony, Alex asks Admiral Shane for his daughter’s hand in marriage; the admiral refuses, but invites him to talk about the matter.

In a post-credits scene set in rural Scotland, three school children and a handyman break open a car-sized object that has apparently fallen from the sky. They run off in terror after seeing an alien hand reach out and grab the opening.

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