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Battleship Review

Battleship Rating:  1.75/5

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Battleship Movie Review

Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive (CNN IBN)

If the only yardstick you’re meant to use while judging an action blockbuster is the number of gigantic explosions it contains, then Battleship, from Hancock director Peter Berg, belongs right up there with the big boys. Berg borrows many a trope from Michael Bay for this loud, dumb actioner that could just as easily work with the alternate title, “Transformers on the High Seas”. It’s hardly a coincidence then that both movies are based on Hasbro games.To be fair, it’s unlikely you’ll remember much about anything in this film, save for the fact that it’s loud, and everything goes crash, bang, boom at some point. I’m going with two out of five for Battleship. Strictly for those who enjoy watching things being blown up, and couldn’t care less about plot or characters.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Renuka Vyavahare  Site:Times Of India

The film stays unconvincing throughout and that’s its biggest drawback. Right from superficial performances to bizarre disjointed plot, the film evokes laughter when it should be ideally inducing panic! Subplots which add nothing to the film’s buildup or story are plenty and appear only to take away the impact that is so essential for a film of this genre. The Aliens which are always the most interesting part of any science fiction film too let the film down. They do not intrigue or scare you; they add further comic relief, given their distorted Chinese features and straw like beard.Battleship releases in India a month before US. US should be glad! If you happen to sit through the film and the end credits you will also get to see the trailer of the sequel. The franchise’s hyper ambitious demeanor is baffling.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shaikh Ayaz  Site:Rediff

There is never any explanation about how the extraterrestrial contact is established, or why the aliens suddenly pay us a visit with what looks like an unvanquishable army.Yet, it’s even greater mystery how Hopper and a handful of crew, including Rihanna as a fearsome weapons expert, declare war on aliens — and then, trump them so easily.As a result, the climax doesn’t hit you because the victory achieved is effortless and without any tactics and road maps.The most rousing moment arrives when Hopper requests war veterans to help him sail a dysfunctional museum ship. Other than that, the interactions between trembling scientist Cal (Hamish Linklater) and paralysed war hero Mick (Greg Gadson) produce laughs every now and then but much of your time is spent wondering if you are in a fireworks factory, really.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Shalini Langer  Site:IndianExpress

WHEN Hasbro meets (Pearl) Harbor and quotes Homer, what you get is Battleship — a film that only thinly purports to be about clash of civilisations even as the battle it is obviously fighting is for the Transformer-ish toy market.As for the ships themselves, the film — based on a Hasbro boardgame of the same name — gives us postcardish impressions from far without bothering with a real inside picture. The only thing the film pauses to capture on a ship is a motto of the US navy: “In God we trust, all others we track.” And still come the aliens.

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