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Director: Peter Berg

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna


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Milton Bradley's enduringly popular strategic board game makes the leap to the big screen in Hancock director Peter Berg's epic sci-fi adventure pitting an international naval fleet against an army of invading aliens. When the two forces find themselves evenly matched, each must rely on strategy and cunning


Milton Bradley's enduringly popular strategic board game makes the leap to the big screen in Hancock director Peter Berg's epic sci-fi adventure pitting an international naval fleet against an army of invading aliens. When the two forces find themselves evenly matched, each must rely on strategy and cunning in order to emerge the victor. Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard head-up a cast also featuring Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, and Tadanobu Asano.

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Battleship is a chaotic summer action flick, complete with over-the-top sequences pitting hostile aliens against a handful of U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific Ocean, but unlike its movie-franchise-based-on-Hasbro-toys predecessor Transformers, the film boasts much more likeable characters and a more tightly written script. Director Peter Berg, along with screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber, takes the simplicity of the game and to this formula adds sinister aliens whose advanced technology makes them nearly unbeatable. The invaders from outer space even use vaguely peg-like weapons, similar to the game, and one sequence features the main characters using a grid system in order to target alien ships they can't see on radar. Berg also bombards the audience with an earsplitting rock soundtrack and pummels viewers into submission with this visual and aural assault, but for the most part the film is just plain silly in a good way. Battleship opens with a team of scientists beaming a welcome message to the residents of Planet G, an Earth-like planet in a "Goldilocks" solar system that is perfect for sustaining life. Next, we meet our hero Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), a directionless, irresponsible bad boy ruled by passion and reckless emotion. So much so, in fact, that he breaks into a convenience store to steal a burrito for a blonde beauty named Sam, played by Brooklyn Decker. Fed up with Alex's antics, his brother (Alexander Skarsgard) forces him to enlist in the Navy to learn some good old-fashioned discipline. A few years later, Alex is the weapons officer on a naval destroyer participating in an international war game off the coast of Hawaii, but he's got other things on his mind, namely asking Sam's father, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), for his daughter's hand in marriage. Things quickly change, however, when a fleet of aliens from Planet G arrive on Earth and lay waste to downtown Hong Kong. The extraterrestrials then turn their attention to the Pacific, where they throw up an impenetrable energy dome and the game for world domination begins. It's a familiar trope seen in almost every big-budget alien-invasion summer blockbuster -- they always come from a distant planet with their megaships and their force fields and their crazy weapons. There's massive property damage and death bringing the residents of Earth to the brink of extinction, but then the hero (in this case, Taylor Kitsch's character) exploits a tiny little glitch in the alien technology and saves the world. Berg makes far better use of Kitsch in this film than director Andrew Stanton did in the recently released John Carter, perhaps due to their working relationship from the critically acclaimed television show Friday Night Lights (Kitsch was one of the show's stars, while Berg was an executive producer). There's an unapologetically patriotic undertone as well, demonstrated most prominently in the eleventh-hour shout-outs to the old salts who served aboard the USS Missouri and a sequence involving wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. But these moments seem jammed into an already packed movie, and they leave it unclear whether Berg intended to make an action or war film. Still, Battleship holds up nicely, and despite the occasional cheesy line here or there, there's something just plain fun about this film with its massive explosions and unrelenting battle sequences. But hey, isn't that what you want from your summer blockbuster anyway? And for those of you hoping to hear the infamous line, "You sunk my battleship!" Berg thankfully kept that out.

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Taylor Kitsch Lieutenant Alex Hopper
Alexander Skarsgård Commander Stone Hopper
Rihanna Petty Officer Cora "Weps" Raikes
Brooklyn Decker Sam
Tadanobu Asano Captain Yugi Nagata
Hamish Linklater Cal Zapata
Liam Neeson Admiral Shane
Peter MacNicol Secretary of Defense
John Tui Chief Petty Officer Walter "The Beast" Lynch
Jesse Plemons Boatswain Mate Seaman Jimmy "Ordy" Ord
Gregory D. Gadson Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales
Jerry Ferrara Sampson JOOD Strodell
Adam Godley Dr. Nogrady
Rico McClinton Captain Browley
Joji Yoshida Chief Engineer Hiroki
Louis Lombardi Bartender
Norman Vincent McLafferty Old Salt
Stephen C. Bishop JPJ OOD
Dante Jimenez JPJ XO Mullenaro
Daven Arce JPJ Helmsman
Ralph Richardson JPJ Starboard Gunner
Biunca Love JPJ BMOW
Michael Sherman JPJ JOOD
Austin Naulity JPJ Fireman
Patricia Brown JPJ Fireman
Gregory Harvey JPJ Fireman
James Rawlings JPJ Scat
Andrew Serpas JPJ Armorer
Damien Parker JPJ Helibay Sailor
Carson Aune CIC Gunner
Doug Penty CIC Watch Supervisor
Josh Pence Combat Systems Coordinator
Jason Henderson Radar System Controller
Brint Terrell Chart Table Plotter
Brad Faucheux Chart Table Log Keeper
Dustin J. Reno Electronic Warfare Supervisor
John Schmotzer CIC Watch Officer
Peter Berg JPJ 2nd Gunner
Jonathon Groves JPJ Port Gunner
Lloyd Pitts JPJ Port Gunner
Ryan Tinio JPJ Radar Op
Allie Sillah JPJ Lead Helmsman
John Santiago JPJ Switchboard Operator
Kiley Margeson Gun Console Operator
Jeffrey Johns Surface Warfare Coordinator
Esther Solomon JPJ CIWS Operator
Kevin Garlington JPJ Air Warfare Coordinator
Dylan Gillooly Thom
Jackie Johnson As Herself
Kevin Kearns Jimmy
John Bell Angus
Marcus Lyle Brown Regent Land Commander
Dallas Kane Hewitt POFC Dallas
Clarence Greenwood Singer at Bar
Conor McCarry Ronnie
Dane Justman Sampson OOD
Dustin Watchman Sampson Helmsman
Drew Rausch Sampson XO
Ryland Reamy Sampson CIC TAO
Donald Willcutt Sampson Starboard Lookout
Eli Miranda Sampson Boatswain
Chris Darling Sampson OS DA
Tyrone Gregg Sampson Gunner
Brian Hirono Myoko OOD
Yutaka Takeuchi Myoko XO
Nobuharu Harada Myoko JOOD
Masaomi Uchida Myoko Helmsman
Kyle Ken Shimabukuro Myoko Radar Operator
Masashi Takekawa Myoko Starboard Lookout
Hyoe Joe Takahashi Myoko BMOW
Zach Selwyn Soccer Announcer
Robin Atkin Downes Soccer Announcer
Rick Hoffman Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Stephen Baldini State Department Official
Bill Stinchcomb Marine Commandant
Bruce Mandell Army Chief of Staff
Gary Grubbs Air Force Chief of Staff
David Jensen NASA Director
Mike Meldman Commander Meldman
Hunter Meldman Ensign
George Arine Japanese Vice Admiral
Adrian Bellani Ensign Chavez
Ronald Chavez Commander Rivera
Benjamin Lloyd Officer Blake
Billy Slaughter BIP Technician
Griff Furst BIP HQ Controller #2
Terri Battee BIP Journalist
Angelo Denova BIP Journalist
William Long Old Salt
James Ward Old Salt
Michael Vernon CAREN Technician
Christopher McGahan Cal's Jr. Tech
Kerry Cahill Cal's Female Colleague
Liz Wicker Female Newscaster
Michelle Arthur British Newscaster
Natalia Castellanos Spanish Newscaster
Dan Cooke Hawaiian Newscaster
Leni Ito Japanese Newscaster
Jason Wilken Director of Rehabilitation

Technical Credits
Peter Berg Director,Producer
Braden Aftergood Executive Producer
Todd Arnow Co-producer
Sarah Aubrey Producer
John Brace Casting
Brian Goldner Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director,Co-producer
Duncan Henderson Producer
Erich Hoeber Screenwriter
Jon Hoeber Screenwriter
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Linda Lowy Casting
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Mone Executive Producer
Colby Parker Editor
Billy Rich Editor
Paul Rubell Editor
Tobias Schliessler Cinematographer
Bennett Schneir Producer
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Scott Stuber Producer
Kim Tillman Costumes/Costume Designer


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Battleship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CrusaderGA More than 1 year ago
An amazing film with a lot of action, suspense and a great cast that I really enjoyed.