There’s something very wrong with this movie. Ten, fifteen minutes into the movie, I found myself wishing I had a remote control with me so I can fast forward to the end.
I was told two conflicting things prior to watching the movie. One is that this movie was based on a board game, so for me, the premise of movie is intriguing. It arouses curiosity. But apparently, whether you have or don’t have an idea of how the board game works, it wouldn’t matter because the actual application of the board game into the movie is very minimal. It looks like they tried to interweave the logic of the board game into the movie. The second thing I was told is that the title isn’t based on the board game, but in the kind of ship the Navy uses, which was also used in the movie – a battleship. Nevertheless either statement wouldn’t have improved my movie watching experience; so we go back to the movie being another entertainment blunder.
Acting wise, except for Liam Neeson, who by the way only appeared sporadically, the cast could have at least given more. It looks like they didn’t take the movie seriously – it’s enough that they knew their lines and blocking. I couldn’t find one character I could at least sympathize to.
Action wise, I’ve seen better; and when the Navy veterans appeared on screen because Taylor Kitsch needs volunteers I thought I was watching a comedy. The fact that they added rock music at the background during the scene when they were cleaning the ship made that entire sequence like an MTV mash-up.
I’m sorry but since they are marketing the movie as a Transformers + Independence Day + 2012 all rolled into one kind of movie, I expected much. Unfortunately the movie didn’t deliver.