Movie Reviews: "Battle: Los Angeles", "Red Riding Hood"
"Battle: Los Angeles"
The movie had the potential for being a couple of hours of popcorn fun, but instead it quickly becomes a blur of non-stop explosions, unimaginative special effects and laughable dialouge that strips away any chance of substance in the "seen it before" story of an alien attack on earth.
Aaron Eckhart plays a US Marine sergeant who gets his retirement approved on the day of the attack who is pulled back into duty when the attack begins. He and group of incredibly forgettable supporting characters are the small army unit charged with rescuing civilians during the alien invasion that decimates Los Angeles in a matter of minutes. How a small group of soldiers with rifles fight off such devasting destruction is one of the many parts of the story that didn't make sense.
Dialogue left over from every war movie you've ever seen is another. You just don't care about any of the characters and you just aren't dazzled by a single special effect or creature. Chicago during pothole season is about as menacing and I've seen better monsters at my door trick or treating on halloween.
Add in my "movie pet peeve", jerky hand held cameras that try to mask the lack of substance while also making me literally nauseus and it only confirms my agreement with entertainment weekly that says "Battle: Los Angeles is so inept, it's exhausting."
A Dean's List: "D-"
"Red Riding Hood"
Even worse is the new version of the classic fairy tale, "Red Riding Hood", starring Amanda Seyfried. The famous story of the little girl going to grandma's house has been turned into a "Twilight" copycat film with the hooded one torn between two hunky young boys in the creepy village in which they live. They are among the many in this movie who are suspected of turning themselves into wolves and killing townspeople. Catherine Hardwicke who directed the first "Twilight" movie gives you a good looking movie but not much more probably enough for the tweens for which it's intended.
My grandma, what an awful movie you have!
Another Dean's List: "D-"