Although I had noted on my Coming Attractions page that I would review Battle: Los Angeles, I’ve decided to forego doing so for the time being. Instead of forking over some dead presidents to the AMC Movie Theater chain, I’ll wait until Netflix makes it available.
How about a sampling from some of my favorite Film Critics:
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times): “Battle: Los Angeles” is noisy, violent, ugly and stupid. Its manufacture is a reflection of appalling cynicism on the part of its makers, who don’t even try to make it more than senseless chaos.
Andrew O’Hehir (Salon): … and suddenly what had been up to that point a brainless but competent $100 million action spectacle became fatally ridiculous.
A.O.Scott (New York Times): it is during his long speech on the meaning of everything that’s happened so far that “Battle: Los Angeles” undertakes what certain savvy show-business types might call “the reveal.” Usually this refers to an especially salient plot point, but here it has a more specific meaning. Right then, as it lurches from Act II to Act III, “Battle: Loss Angeles” reveals itself to be a lousy movie.
Of course, there are alternate opinions. I’ll offer my opinion at another time.