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11/6/09 at 8:19pm
I wonder if making them aliens somehow helps to preserve the original structure of the game. They're not attacking from Earth - they're attacking from Space! We can't see them! They've given us a general idea of their location and we have to try to shoot them out of orbit! If we don't destroy their entire fleet in a certain amount of time (shots?) the Earth is doomed!
|I am more than a little confused by the enthusiasm for this new found trend of turning amusement park rides and board games into feature films. Sure, it worked for 'Pirates', but seems a stretch to think it was the property that drew people in and not a swishy Johnny Depp.
Let me say this flat out: Battleship was never my favorite board game. It required no skill, and victory seemed predicated upon random chance. It did not even give me the feeling of being part of a battle. More like playing blind bingo.
With that said, I am very excited to learn the planned adaptation is not a WW2 era film. I have seen enough WW2 naval action for one lifetime. I do not know why I assumed this film would take place in that era. I guess growing up with a father who is a WW2 vet, I always associated that conflict with the mind numbing "game".
Berg is a competent action director. His hand to hand and close quarters combat in the Kingdom was near masterful, reaching for heights of tense realism previously approached only by Michael Mann. However his larger special effects orientented action in Handcock was utterly awful. messy, and uninteresting it sucked me out of that movie.
So, while I am far from certain then what kind of a match he will be for ship-to-ship combat. I'm curious to find out how he'll fare (Or, should I say, Sea Fare!). Today's destroyers, aircraft carriers, and subs are floating Armageddon sin waiting, many armed with multiple reentry ICBMs, along with tactical nukes and other devastating weapons destined to make an appearance in WW3. As bad ass as some of these ships and boats are, we'll never get to see them in use.
At this point in history, any full scale naval battle will either lead to, or occur as part of, a third world war. No one will be left to watch footage of the fancy death machines doing their thing on YouTube after the fighting dies down. That's because there will be no more YouTube.
The opportunity to see the most advanced warships of this age engage in all out naval combat , without worrying about the Fall Out (no pun intended!!) , is a rare chance and perhaps enough reason to get me back in an actual movie theater. Spectacle and speakers are the only reasons I go these days, as the constant barrage of cell phone calls and idiot children are enough to keep me at home in front of my HDTV with headphones on for 95% of all studio releases.
I mean, seriously, who wouldn't want to find out who or what Peter Berg decides to put on the other end of this volley: