Written by a pair of brothers, namely Enrich and Jon Hoeber, Battleship is the latest action-packed released by Universal Pictures as part of its 100th Anniversary and comes from the same company that brought the world the amazing graphics and action of Transformers. Not surprising, the alien enemies in the movie reminded me of the Transformers robots and is indeed created and animated by the same technology which never fails to impress the audience.
A science fiction naval war film, Battleship is perhaps an ode to the US Navy as it highlights the capabilities of US Naval ships, emphasizing plausible offensive and defence capabilities onboard its formidable warriors on the seas. There was also a segment in the film where the game of Battleships was brought up, but in such a stylish and cool manner that it wowed the audience.
Moral values were also advocated in the movie where Alex Hopper, a lieutenant onboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones is handed the captain armband after his brother, Commander Stone Hopper, was killed after the alien enemies decimated the Sampson, another formidable US warship participating in the RIMPAC International exercise. Having insufficient experience and with much teenage rashness in his blood, Hooper is forced to assume into a leadership role he is highly unfamiliar with. With the USS John Paul Jones' senior officers killed and the ship considerably damaged, Hooper attained all the help he could get from the surviving crew members from USS John Paul Jones and a participating Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force ship which was sunk by the invincible weapons of the alien enemies.
With the guidance of Captain Nagata, the commander of sunken Japanese ship participating in the International exercise, the two combine both their intellectual capabilities to battle the unwanted aliens on earth who have resorted to destroying almost everything they deem harmful.
There was also a tribute to the veteran navy personnel as Hooper made a crazy, but after all feasible, proposal to use an old classic Battleship to take on the aliens after losing the USS John Paul Jones.
The movie ended on a happy ending with Hopper asking Admiral Shane, the Commander of the International Exercise, for permission to marry his daughter, Samantha Shame. His request was initially turned down, but Admiral Shane brought up the incident of Chicken Burito which started off the movie and discussed the matter the Hopper over lunch.
What I liked about the very end was that there was a scene after the credits where a man and three children were seen trying to pry open a huge metallic structure that had fallen from the sky. Suddenly, they start to scream and scramble off into the horizon as an alien hand reaches out of the structure. A possible sequel perhaps? But will the sequel be able to live up to the hype Battleship has been generating or will it flop like many other sequels that have tried to bank on the success of their first parts?