Battle: Los Angeles

Original Film & Columbia Pictures & Relativity Media Released 2011




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Movie Summary

Jonathan Liebesman

A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The city's skyline is blown to bits. Burning, broken, blackened bits. So if that's what you're in the mood for, that is what the film delivers, endlessly, but in that cheesy-campy ...

  • 40

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Mostly, this is the cinematic equivalent of a first-person shooter game, one where the Marines possess only slightly more personality than the faceless invaders.

  • 30

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    As it lurches from Act II to Act III, Battle: Loss Angeles reveals itself to be a lousy movie.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • It is said that there is nowhere in our known universe liquid water on or near the surface, but Saturn's moon Enceladus has liquid water just beneath the surface and so does Jupiter's moon Europa.

    • Goof: Lt Col Ritchie says the air strike will take place at "1930 hours". Marines don't say "hours" after the time.

    • Goof: Just before they are first attacked, the Lt. states that the police station is "one klick northwest". But when they leave the pool, the subtitle states that they are 1.3 miles from the station, which is 2 klicks (kilometers).

    • Goof: Early in the movie, one can see on a TV screen that things are happening in April, 2011. A bit later, a TV news person voiceover announced that meteors had impacted at various locations "at ... 4:42am Pacific Standard Time ..." Clocks move from Standard time to Daylight time on March 13.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Michele: (discussing the silence after bombing run deadline passes) Could they have taken out the whole Air Force?
      TSgt. Elena Santos: (shocked) This isn't happening...

    • Cpl. Lee Imlay: (looking at map) This map shows where all the units were deployed... what do all these red marks mean?
      (Map is covered with red X's.)
      SSgt. Michael Nantz: It means they're gone.
      Cpl. Lee Imlay: You mean the units got moved...
      SSgt. Michael Nantz: Wiped out.
      Cpl. Lee Imlay: All of them?
      SSgt. Michael Nantz: All of them.

    • LCpl. Steven Mottola: It's a no-go on the helo sir. Their air support is lighting it up. Command says it's like nothing they ever seen before.

    • LCpl. Richard Guerrero: So what's your take on this, specs?
      Cpl. Kevin Harris: I don't know, extraterrestrial?
      Cpl. Lee Imlay: You mean like from space?
      Cpl. Nick Stavrou: No Imlay, from Canada.

    • Lt. Col. K.N. Ritchie: We have an infestation of God-knows-what in there but they are NOT from this Earth and we gotta hit them with everything we got! They are a ground force enemy only, so the Air Force will tear them a new asshole and we will rule the air! Now you got 3 hours to get your ass back before those bombs drop, and make no mistake THEY WILL DROP! with... or without you.

    • Sgt. Major: At 14:46 Pacific Standard Time, 12 different locations around the world were breached, in what appears to be a coordinated attack by an unknown enemy. All breaches were along the coastline, in what is a campaign of rapid dominance. This is a textbook military invasion. There are massive casualties in New York, defensive lines are being setup in Boston, and at 13:15 Zulu Time we lost communications with San Francisco and San Diego, their status is unknown. What we do know is that we are the LAST offensive force on the west coast, we can NOT lose Los Angeles.

    • (TSgt. Elena Santos kills an alien and alien's fluids splash all over her face.)
      Cpl. Kevin Harris: Santos, you okay?
      TSgt. Elena Santos: Yeah. I got that nasty stuff all over my mouth, man.
      (Cpl. Kevin Harris laughs)
      TSgt. Elena Santos: It's not funny.
      Cpl. Kevin Harris: (still laughing) You let him do you on the first date.

    • SSgt. Michael Nantz: Stavro, Harris, the lieutenant needs recon on a bus. If it runs, bring it back here... Either of you know how to hotwire a bus?
      Cpl. Kevin Harris: Um, Stvrou can. He's from Jersey, sir.

    • Corpsman Jibril Adukwu: Shit, I'd rather be in Afghanistan.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Battle Los Angeles Hymn"by Brian Tyler
      "Battle Los Angeles Main Titles"by Brian Tyler
      "Arrival"by Brian Tyler
      "Marines Don't Quit"by Brian Tyler
      "Command and Control Center"by Brian Tyler
      "Elegy"by Brian Tyler
      "Redemption"by Brian Tyler
      "For Home, Country, and Family"by Brian Tyler
      "War Hymn"by Brian Tyler
      "Evac"by Brian Tyler
      "To Hell and Back"by Brian Tyler
      "Mobilized"by Brian Tyler
      "The Freeway"by Brian Tyler
      "The Drone"by Brian Tyler
      "Casualty of War"by Brian Tyler
      "Rebalance"by Brian Tyler
      "Regret"by Brian Tyler
      "Shelf Life"by Brian Tyler
      "The World Is at War"by Brian Tyler
      "Abandoning Los Angeles"by Brian Tyler
      "Battle Los Angeles"by Brian Tyler
      "We Are Still Here"by Brian Tyler
      "California Love" by Tupac Shakur featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
      "Deal wit It" by Afu-Ra featuring Jahdon & Jason Harrow
      "Take It Back" by Skillz
      "Live by the Game" by Freddie Gibbs

    • The movie took a worldwide gross of $211,819,354.

      It earned $83,552,429 in the Northern America and $128,266,925 abroad.

    • Production Budget: $70 million


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