The fascination with alien life forms has been played out in movies with a positive spin ("E.T.") and in a negative fashion ("Alien"). In director Peter Berg’s vision of "Battleship," aliens are represented more in tune to the devastation and intellect of the "War of the Worlds" variety. The film, co-produced by (You sunk my battleship!) Hasbro, stages the battlefield primarily in the ocean. American’s finest seafaring navy men fight a race against the clock to save the Earth and mankind from annihilation.
An entertaining, suspenseful and well-paced film, the scenario of "Battleship" begins with an anti-hero (Taylor Kitsch) joining the U.S. Navy in a final ditch effort to turn his renegade life into something more meaningful. In what begins as a celebratory and international event of naval skills and war games turns into an alien intervention focused on the islands of Hawaii. The need for communication with interplanetary life forms takes on a deadly and frighteningly hostile turn.
Packed to the brim with state-of-the-art special effects, "Battleship" also presents a cast of well-known actors (Liam Neesom, Alexander Skarsgard) in what is... for the most part, an imaginative and well-structured science-fiction script. Making her feature film debut, Rihanna delivers several snippets of sass and humor as well as registering the sheer terror of it all quite well.
While "The Avengers" was raking in the box-office figures during the summer of 2012, this film got the undeserving backlash of the critics. "Battleship" deserves a "salute" shall we say, for the pure adventure, action and adrenaline rush that it brings to the screen.