The classic boy meets girl, boy tries to impress girl, boy gets arrested trying to impress girl kind of theme takes a huge turn when said boy is basically forced to cut his hair and join the U.S. Navy. And, on top of all that, boy has to save the world from alien invaders. Not your typical love story. But, then; we're talking Hollywood, where nothing is ever typical.
When we think of Battleship, we think of the game we grew up playing as kids. The phrase "you sunk my battleship" has been on the lips of everyone, young and old for decades. There are probably many of us that just so happen to have a version of the game on hand. Although, Battleship, the movie, centers around sinking ships, it is also kind of a tribute to one of our long standing veteran ships, the U.S.S. Missouri, and, of course; a love story we are left wondering about throughout most of the movie. Does he get the girl in the end or doesn't he? Well that is entirely up to her father, who just so happens to be Admiral and the boy's boss! The boy, now new Navel officer "Alex Hopper", played ostensibly with just the right amount of wit and charm by "John Carter" actor Taylor Kitsch, doesn't exactly get started off on the right foot with regard to the girl, her father or the Navy. The movie also casts such veteran actors as Liam Neeson and "True Blood" actor Alexander Skarsgard in such leading roles as the Admiral and Hopper's brother, who is already a credited Navy Officer. Just when we think we have seen all the familiar faces we are going to see, we get pleasantly surprised by a new addition to the big screen, Rhianna, in her first movie role. Not bad for her first attempt at acting, although; she did appear to be a bit stiff.
Battleship chronicles a live version of the board game as U.S. Navel annual war games, following a friendly game of soccer with Japan, get underway off the coast of Hawaii. A sudden invasion of Earth by alien forces, here in hopes of using our own satellites to signal their mother ship, begin to target and destroy our Navel ships. It becomes up Hopper and his crew, along with the veteran battleship, the U.S.S. Missouri, which just so happens to be the last ship standing; to save the world from the alien invaders. The movie combines action with a new-found camaraderie that develops mutually between Hopper and his crew and the captain of the sunken Japanese ship. The young group of officers find themselves working together to rid the planet of alien forces and restore the civilians of the world to safety.