April 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I saw Battleship this afternoon.

It was a little predictable, but it held my attention: alien scouting force isolates Hawaii and must be ‘dis-armed’ before they can establish two-way communication with follow-on forces. The main characters are: Lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), Sam(antha) Shane (Brooklyn Decker), Petty Officer Raikes (Rihanna), Captain Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano), and Chief Petty Officer Lynch (John Tui). Decker looks so much like Charlize Theron!

Hopper must step-up and get the job done when everyone above him in the chain-of-command is either killed or rendered in-communicado. Nagato is the one who end s up playing ‘battleships’ with harpoons. Lynch is the father figure who must put some backbone in a young officer. Aside from Nagata, it is very formulaic. There is even a football match!

If the publicity material had not pointed out that Raikes was played by popular singer Rihanna in her first movie role, I would not have noticed. Rihanna played the part really well. She does stern and determined very well.

It was an awesome sight to see the USS Missouri – the ‘Mighty Mo’- underway and (apparently) firing broadsides.


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