Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. Written by
Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)
TSgt. Santos' (Michelle Rodriguez) military unit exists in real life. The 61st Air Base Wing (61 ABW) is a wing of the US Air Force stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California. The 61st is the host unit at Los Angeles AFB, and commands all the Air Force support groups and units assigned to the base. See more »
The first utility vehicle SSGT Nantz fired the .50 cal from showed a close up of a spent cartridge which fell from the gun and it showed the crimp marks of a blank and not the perfect round shape of a spent .50 cal ball round. See more »
Reporter on TV:
...an unprecedented meteor shower falling off the coast of Tokyo. The entire city is mesmerized by this incredible sight. Two hours after the first contact, an unidentified enemy has reached our coastlines in a swift and militaristic attack. Right now one thing is clear: The world is at war.
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There are no opening credits, except for the film's title. See more »
This review won't take much of your time, no need to explain what this movie is about, no need to give you plot points or back story. This is the most generic soldier vs aliens movie you will wish you never watched, if you're looking for clever sci-fi go watch the excellent looper, spare yourself this pain. A truly terrible movie. I can't emphasise this enough, i will watch pretty much any old tripe as long as they give us something to cling on to, some little strand of story or special effects that are original or even unique futuristic weapons. You certainly won't find any of that here, if there is even the slightest attempt at a metaphor for USA protecting its shores against terrorist invaders in this movie they might as well have not bothered. Shouty marines against some of the worst aliens ever does not an allegory make. It shouldn't happen but movies like this make me angry. This should be heading straight to the Syfy channel and nowhere near cinemas. Did i mention it's cataclysmically bad, okay we're done here.
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