Hardly any other topic is as menacing and fascinating as the alien invasion. For this reason, blockbusters like “Independence Day” or “War of the Worlds” have managed not only to offer an impressive spectacle, but also to tell something about primal human fears. The sci-fi roar World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles, airing today, October 18 at 10:55 p.m. on Nitro can be seen, however, cannot really inspire in these points.
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What begins as a normal day in the metropolis of Los Angeles develops into a real catastrophe: Interstellar plunderers have made their way to Earth and want to mercilessly exterminate humanity. City after city, country after country fall victim to the alien aggressors and the people seem helpless in the inferno.
Los Angeles advances to become the center of resistance against the almost overwhelming enemy. The hardened Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) does not want to give up the blue planet without a fight and accepts the order to strengthen the city for defense. It’s now up to him and his battle-hardened squad (including Michelle Rodriguez, Cory Hardrict and Ne-Yo) to somehow avert the apocalypse…
Anyone who has trouble with a combination of overt patriotism and militarism will definitely not enjoy World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles. Here, people not only constantly salute the national flag, but also proudly defend the fatherland with tears in their eyes. That was certainly the case at times in “Independence Day”, although Roland Emmerich was able to fall back on sympathetic, tangible characters.
As the official FIMSTARTS review makes clear, this is quite different in this case: “Roland Emmerich’s ‘Indepence Day’ may also be constructed simply, but the amusingly ironic plot has an emotional core that lets the viewer join in the excitement. However, ‘World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles’ completely lacks this emotionality.”
Even if the action sequences in “World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles” are subordinate to a clear concept and a kind of gamer optics is used, which often shows what is happening from the perspective of the fighters, Jonathan Liebesman’s sci-fi actioner is not only cut confusingly . It also forces the viewer into apathy because the characters just overthink it “barked commands and patriotic platitudes” communicate.
This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.
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