Oh. And there are aliens.
Which is how the only "sci-fi" element of the film feels. Like an afterthought. Incidental.
Battle LA tries to garner empathy with its ensemble cast of characters, but somehow falls flat. At the same time, it uses the same tropes we've seen in movies from War of the Worlds to Independence Day, with little original material to add to the mix. Here, our faceless aliens fall from the sky with less than a straw-man's worth of motivation or background. And of course, these invaders come complete with the requisite single point of failure for the clever humans to exploit to save the planet.
If there's a glimmer of redemption for the movie, it's in the opening act, when the marines are thrown into a deadly war zone with no concept of what they may face. Their fear is tangible, as is the menace of the unknown threat that awaits.
And, of course, the movie has Michelle Rodriguez.
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If you loved Independence Day...rent it and watch it again. It's basically the same story, and a far better way to spend two hours.
Rating: 2 out of 5.