Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. Written by
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Aaron Eckhart broke his arm while filming a stunt. He never missed a day of work because of it. See more »
When they exit the bus and the soldiers are repelling off the raised freeway they get fired upon and fall. The one not attached to the rope falls with his head towards the car on which the guy on the rope falls onto the bonnet. The next shot shows the first guy is laid the opposite way round, with a previously non existent car on its side behind him. See more »
Reporter on TV:
...an unprecedented meteor shower falling off the coast of Tokyo. The entire city is mesmerized by this incredible sight. Two hours after the first contact, an unidentified enemy has reached our coastlines in a swift and militaristic attack. Right now one thing is clear: The world is at war.
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There are no opening credits, except for the film's title. See more »
And yet another deception. And, yet, another war film trying to be more than it is by depicting all this "camaraderie" and emotional junk as something so great, with (yet!) another broken character due to past events who tries to redeem himself by being a hero. And more speeches about how great is to remember the fallen ones and keep killing for them. And the list of clichés goes on and on. At least, they could have thrown in more CGI (or better?). Perhaps not enough budget (?). Although I still don't get how creatures capable of traveling million of light years (or capable of hiding their presence right until they are in our atmosphere) seem to be so crap in other aspects obviously related to intelligence. Oh, hold on, how did that phrase go? Military intelligence... they are opposite terms. Or something like that. Well, certainly some soldiers in the film seem to lack a bit of it. Still, why do alien ships and weaponry look like they were built up out of junk? Hm, interesting. Anyway, the movie is full of real flaws which I won't describe here. Alas, I was expecting an entertaining, fun to watch scifi action movie. Instead I find a weak attempt to be another "The Thin Red Line", "Black Hawk Down" or even "The Hurtlocker". If you want some real thought about war or, simply, better action (or a better film), try any of those. If you want to see another shallow (very!) portray of Marines with their "by-the-book" more-than-human emotions related to lost comrades, etc. try this. The aliens are just an excuse. I honestly believe that they were put there because using another country as enemies would get less acceptance. Please, Jonathan Liebesman, stop wasting millions in these films. Stop your remakes and other low quality Hollywood material and come out with something good. Please!!
PS: OK, granted, this is no as bad as the other alien invasion film that came out about the same time, "Skyline". But that's really not a great accomplishment.
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