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Watch Battleship Online

Watch Battleship Online is often a special-effects-heavy movie  Battleship invented to increase the brand of an commercial board game suitable for ages 7 and up! during which two players move imaginary boats around a fairly easy grid. That part’s not newsworthy. The surprise, with this veteran of board games, is that “Battleship” can also be the rousing, engaging, and emotionally complex action war picture the silly 2001 action war picture “Pearl Harbor” only wished it could be.

It’s “Pearl Harbor” with greater intelligence, less hokum, and much more aliens. For every single type of howler dialogue that ought to are actually sunk, there is a nice little scene where humans need to make a difficult decision.


For each and every stretch of generic sci-fi-via-CGI moviemaking, there exists a welcome amount of wit. Underneath the direction of Peter Berg — the talented, ever-maturing filmmaker behind “Friday Night Lights” and “The Kingdom” — “Battleship” is a sound vessel floating in Hollywood’s oil-slick sea of “Transformers” sequels and vampire riffs.

The thing with the original game is straightforward: Attack an opponent’s ”fleet” by way of a mixture of mental strategy, deductive logic, and luck. The movie doesn’t forget these low-tech roots. We have a nifty sequence during which sailors track incoming alien fighters using similar X-marks-the-spot skills. But before dealing with the hardcore blow-’em-up part of the humans-versus-aliens warfare entertainment, we have been given time to advance the relationship between Stone Hopper (“True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgård) with the exceptional younger brother, Alex (Taylor Kitsch from TV’s “Friday Night Lights”) — the former a courageous Navy officer of great character, the second a corner-cutting showboater who’s going to be gonna have his character entirely re-welded through the Navy challenges that await him. (Kitsch does an admirable, controlled job of steering his character from screwup to leader.) Hollywood woos international audiences

We realize that Alex loves a bombshell physiotherapist named Sam (Brooklyn Decker), and that Sam happens to be the daughter of crusty U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, barking although not biting). We percieve the emotional-zeitgeist logic inside the special interest that Sam has taken inside physical rehabilitation of your Army veteran and amputee, authentically played by real-life Army vet and amputee Gregory D. Gadson. We appreciate the popular culture traffic jam that’s musical glam girl Rihanna passing muster as a tough (yet cool!) fellow sailor. And that we know and keep a watchful eye on the conflict that rumbles to start with between Alex and a Japanese officer (Tadanobu Asano) because Japanese-American hurts and fears left over in the real Pearl Harbor will probably be worked out before the movie has ended for the benefit for boomers and assorted granddads in the audience.

It’s only once we all know each one of these things — carbon-based touches not located in the Hasbro product — that “Battleship” gets into the business of hotshot combat between brave U.S. Navy fighters and aggressive alien visitors. (The invaders, incidentally, seem to have studied “Transformers” magazines to style their space-metal wardrobes.) Amid this fracas, there’s a welcome mood lightener available as a light comic-neurotic turn by Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) as being a deep-space scientist that has reason to regret his try to find extraterrestrial life.

“Battleship” is gratifying this way. For the story’s center are the clanging fireballs a young child could would like to watch whizzing across an automated sky — as well as naval strategy plus a fact-based type of real destroyer-ship capabilities. And all around the alien rumpus, the filmmakers have built an unexpectedly sincere salute on the awesome necessary today’s U.S. Navy in addition to the heroic work of veterans who came before. For all that, the captains in this movie deserve a medal

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