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Monday, January 17, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles

Early this year Columbia Pictures began releasing trailers for the upcoming alien invasion flick, "Battle: Los Angeles". Being a huge sci-fi fan, I was hooked after seeing the first trailer. It turns out that the movie is inspired by a real life incident that I am fairly familiar with. Late February, 1942 - Los Angeles, California. Hundreds of thousands of people spot an unidentified flying object over the coast of the city. The United States Army fired over 1,400 rounds at the object, none of which had any effect. There was never any wreckage found and the object apparently disappeared into the night sky, never to be seen again. Flash forward to the present or near present (not exactly sure if the event in the film will take place in 2011 or not). Hidden within a small cluster of meteors is a fleet of alien invaders, poised to decimate Earth's population and claim the planet as their own (supposedly). Los Angeles represents the "alamo" in this situation as it is one of the last major cities left with any hope of surviving the onslaught. The film follows Marines and maybe the occasional civilian as they battle not only for their survival, but for that of the planet.  A visit to the official website of the film, provides a synopsis, cast and crew information, trailers and clips, downloads, and an "interactive "sightings map" where "amatuer video" of sightings in various cities around the world can be viewed. There's also a link to a sight called W.A.T.C.H. that conatins more information than you'd ever want to read about the original "Battle of Los Angeles" and other UFO sightings. All of this information has been gathered from watching previews and visiting the site over and over again. I'm condensing it here so you don't have to do that. There is a chance that we're being fed information only to be hit with a surprise ending or purpose for the invasion. Not likely though. This looks like a plain old pre-summer blockbuster to me and I personally can't wait. See you at the cinema! Enjoy the trailer and production stills below:

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