Aliens invade Los Angeles, a wolf menaces Amanda Seyfried and the Jackass crew puts the gross in 3D-enhanced box office gross.
Los Angeles has been defeated. Yes, there were aliens involved, but that doesn't matter. The Marines at the center of Battle: Los Angeles could have been fighting the Girl Scouts of America, and they still would have fallen prey to the three classic villains of Hollywood: bad writing, bad acting and poor cinematography. Actually, Girl Scouts would have been an improvement over the alien invaders of B:LA (pronounced "blah") because I would actually have to give a writer credit for daring to pen a battle between Marines and Girl Scouts. Plus, I would understand the limitations of child actors, and I wouldn't be so disappointed in the movie's inability to clearly show me what a Girl Scout looked like. Also, the Girl Scouts probably would have been much scarier and more effective opponents than the bumbling, yet somehow successful ETs in this film.
It's like someone asked a Magic 8-Ball about new movies on the horizon and the answer came back, "All signs point to geeky." That's good news if you're a big ol' science fiction geek like me, or at least it's news that'll keep you busy with chatter, predictions of doom and fantasy casting wishlists. Coming up are Bill & Ted in the Matrix, giant robots, alien invasions, and trigger-happy monkeys.
In what appears to be the exception that proves the rule of the old saying "Don't put the cart before the horse," South African director Jonathan Liebesman is in the final stages of negotiations with Columbia Pictures to direct their upcoming project Battle: Los Angeles, which he won by going out to locations in August and not only shooting sequences and plates, but adding CGI aliens and creating a pre-viz alien invasion sequence just to pitch to the studio. Seems like a lot of money and work for a job he didn't even have yet.