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April 22, 2008 - Battle: Los Angeles

Scooped on Friday, October 3, 2008

Latino Review has published a review of Chris Bertolini's Battle: Los Angeles screenplay and gives us more detail about the movie's premise. Some strange pod-like things splash down in the water off the coast of the city of angels and before you can say War of the Worlds, weird and very hostile aliens are running around the streets, killing Angelinos left and right. A military team, led by a Sgt. Nantz, is ordered to fight the attackers any way they can even though their weapons and vehicles are inferior to the extraterrestrials. The soldiers eventually team up with a group of civilians hiding in a community center. One of the civvies is a kid that on first impression seems to have autism but in fact may be connected to the invasion in some strange way.

Unfortunately the sum doesn't seem to be greater than the parts of the script, at least according to the site's reviewer. "The whole time, I felt like I was reading the script to a mediocre arcade game," writes the anonymous critic. "On top of the lack of anything really unique or interesting about the story, the characters are all flat, save for a few that come across as just cliché, and the dialogue also reads like it was lifted from a video game. The plot breaks down into such a clunky and simple structure that it resembles something a student fresh out of formulaic writing 101 might show off." 

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