Battle: Los Angeles

When once distant UFOs become a terrifying threat attacking Earth, a Marine staff sergeant and his team take it upon themselves to face the enemy and protect what remains of the planet.
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Film Cast:

  • Michael Nantz: Aaron Eckhart
  • William Martinez: Ramón Rodríguez
  • Cpl. Lee Imlay: Will Rothhaar
  • Joe Rincon: Michael Peña
  • Michelle: Bridget Moynahan
  • Pfc. Shaun Lenihan: Noel Fisher
  • Kirsten: Joey King
  • Kathy Martinez: Beth Keener
  • Jessy: Jessica Heap
  • Cpl. Jason Lockett: Cory Hardrict
  • Peter Kerns: Jim Parrack
  • Cpl. Nick Stavrou: Gino Anthony Pesi
  • Kevin Harris: Ne-Yo
  • Steven Mottola: James Hiroyuki Liao
  • Corpsman Jibril Adukwu: Adetokumboh M’Cormack
  • Hector Rincon: Bryce Cass
  • Elena Santos: Michelle Rodriguez
  • LCpl. Richard Guerrero: Neil Brown Jr.
  • LCpl. Corey Simmons: Taylor Handley
  • Cpl. Scott Grayston: Lucas Till
  • Cpl. Richard Oswald: Kenneth Brown Jr.
  • Amy: Jadin Gould
  • 1st Sgt. John Roy: Joe Chrest
  • Company Captain: E. Roger Mitchell
  • Lt. Col. K.N. Ritchie: Rus Blackwell
  • Amanda: Susie Abromeit
  • Cherise: Brandi Coleman
  • Psychiatrist: David Jensen
  • Reporter on TV: Stacey Turner
  • Reporter on TV: Tom Hillmann
  • Chris: Lena Clark
  • Flower Shop Employee: Jamie Norwood
  • Command Hangar Marine: Todd Cochran
  • Adukwu’s Sister: Nzinga Blake
  • Reporter on Beach: Taryn Southern
  • Sgt. Major: James D. Dever
  • Beach Goer (uncredited): Alex Aristidis
  • Emergency Medical Tech. (uncredited): Charlotte Biggs
  • Beach Girl 1 (uncredited): Ava Bogle
  • Marine (uncredited): Grant Case
  • Marine (uncredited): Kurt Deville
  • Marine (uncredited): Nick Jones Jr.
  • U.S. Marine (uncredited): Philip Lawrence
  • Steve Johinson (uncredited): Keith Middlebrook
  • Marine Crew Chief: Courtney Munch
  • Crew Chief (uncredited): Jim Palmer
  • Shelly (uncredited): Michelle Pierce
  • Beach Dude (uncredited): Michael Wozniak
  • Sergeant Major (uncredited): Marlon Young

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Debra Zane
  • Additional Editor: Michael Tronick
  • Costume Design: Sanja Milković Hays
  • Editor: Christian Wagner
  • Visual Effects Designer: Colin Strause
  • Visual Effects Designer: Greg Strause
  • Original Music Composer: Brian Tyler
  • Art Direction: Andrew Neskoromny
  • Stunt Coordinator: Joey Box
  • Supervising Art Director: Thomas Valentine
  • Producer: Neal H. Moritz
  • Set Decoration: Bob Kensinger
  • Production Design: Peter Wenham
  • Additional Editor: David Rosenbloom
  • Concept Artist: Simon McGuire
  • Executive Producer: Jeffrey Chernov
  • Art Direction: Chris L. Spellman
  • Graphic Designer: Ted Haigh
  • Director of Photography: Lukas Ettlin
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: David Giammarco
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Massey
  • Producer: Ori Marmur
  • Casting: Craig Fincannon
  • Casting: Mark Fincannon
  • Casting: Lisa Mae Fincannon
  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Assistant Art Director: Jason Baldwin Stewart
  • Music Editor: Paul Rabjohns
  • Makeup Department Head: Joel Harlow
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Everett Burrell
  • Additional Camera: Nicholas Davidoff
  • Aerial Coordinator: Cliff Fleming
  • Dialogue Editor: Bruce Stubblefield
  • Sound Effects Editor: Chris M. Jacobson
  • Concept Artist: Simon Webber
  • Writer: Christopher Bertolini
  • Makeup Artist: Steve Buscaino
  • Electrician: John Gregory Edwards
  • Assistant Hairstylist: Sherri Hamilton
  • Additional Hairstylist: Kent Richard
  • Art Department Coordinator: Nicole LaBranche
  • Assistant Art Director: Mara LePere-Schloop
  • Visual Effects Editor: Eduardo Vaisman
  • Production Manager: Scott Thaler
  • Lighting Supervisor: Oliver Arnold
  • Set Dresser: Joey Kent
  • Stunts: Casey Adams
  • Steadicam Operator: B. J. McDonnell
  • Set Costumer: Mairi Chisholm
  • Key Costumer: Donna Chance
  • Additional Editor: Leigh Folsom Boyd
  • Stunts: Courtney Munch
  • Casting Associate: Tannis Vallely
  • Foley Artist: Robin Harlan
  • Storyboard Artist: Ricardo F. Delgado
  • Extras Casting Assistant: Darcel White Moreno
  • Foley Mixer: Randy Singer
  • Animation Director: Peter Giliberti
  • Key Costumer: Philip Maldonado
  • Set Designer: Jann K. Engel
  • Set Costumer: Suzanne M.B. Chambliss
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Vincent Cirelli
  • Costume Supervisor: Camille Argus
  • Costume Illustrator: Christian Cordella
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Bryan Godwin
  • Hairstylist: Crystal Woodford
  • Set Designer: Daniel R. Jennings
  • Stunts: Daniel Arrias
  • Music Editor: Joe Lisanti
  • Casting Associate: Tara Feldstein Bennett
  • Foley Editor: Sandy Gendler
  • Dialogue Editor: Robert Troy
  • Foley Artist: Sarah Monat
  • Stunts: Keii Johnston
  • Second Unit Cinematographer: Bruce McCleery
  • Property Master: Gary Tuers
  • Set Costumer: Lori Harris
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Ben Shepherd
  • Sound Effects Editor: Jamie Hardt
  • Visual Effects Producer: George Macri
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Paul N.J. Ottosson
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Jon Johnson
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Craig Barron
  • Visual Effects Editor: Andy Stevens
  • Visual Effects Producer: Kendrick Wallace
  • Aerial Director of Photography: Hans Bjerno
  • Visual Effects Editor: Jon Grinberg
  • Key Makeup Artist: Kim Ayers
  • Key Hair Stylist: Jules Holdren
  • Production Supervisor: Karen Jarnecke
  • Art Department Coordinator: K. Emily Levine
  • Set Designer: Molly Mikula
  • Sculptor: Anthony J. Henderson
  • Special Effects Technician: Blake Le Vasseur
  • Lead Painter: Paul Stanwyck
  • Leadman: Thierry Labbe
  • Construction Coordinator: Randall S. Coe
  • Scenic Artist: T.J. McCall
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Stan Parks
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Jeff Campbell
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: David Carriker
  • Visual Effects Editor: Brandon Schaafsma
  • Visual Effects Editor: Evan Schiff
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Geoff D.E. Scott
  • Visual Effects Editor: Matt Siner
  • Visual Effects Editor: Craig W. Smith
  • Visual Effects Producer: Sarah Wormsbecher
  • Visual Effects Producer: Jennifer Mizener
  • Systems Administrators & Support: Artin Matousian
  • Visual Effects Producer: Charlie Bradbury
  • Camera Operator: Łukasz Bielan
  • Gaffer: Dan Cornwall
  • Additional Camera: Joe Chess
  • Additional Photography: Josh Friz
  • Aerial Director of Photography: David B. Nowell
  • Set Costumer: Shonta T. McCray
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Zahida Bacchus
  • Transportation Coordinator: Tommy Tancharoen
  • Script Supervisor: Crystal Rainone
  • Location Manager: Ed Lipscomb
  • Script Supervisor: Dawn Gilliam
  • Unit Publicist: Brooke Ensign
  • Color Timer: Harry Muller
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Winston Helgason
  • Visual Effects Producer: Kevin Elam
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Daniel Chavez
  • Visual Effects Editor: John Polyson
  • Creature Design: Jordu Schell
  • Visual Effects Producer: Steve Griffith
  • Lighting Technician: Kristopher Weaver
  • Hair Department Head: Gloria Pasqua Casny
  • Second Assistant Camera: Jeff Taylor
  • Costumer: Melissa Reed
  • 3D Animator: Nadav Ehrlich
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Brad Sokol
  • Painter: Charles Bodenheimer
  • Supervising ADR Editor: Vanessa Lapato
  • Compositing Supervisor: Stephen Pepper
  • Lead Animator: Joel Sevilla
  • Costumer: Lorenzo Hearns Jr.
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Bill Kunin
  • Rigging Gaffer: Tom Fendley
  • Makeup Artist: Krystal Kershaw
  • Key Grip: Kurt Grossi
  • ADR Mixer: Howard London
  • 3D Animator: Jongju Lee
  • 3D Animator: John Kay
  • Stunt Double: Kelli Barksdale
  • Set Dressing Buyer: Erika Rice
  • Associate Producer: Lisa Rodgers
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Catherine Liu
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Peter D. Roome
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Shane Strickman
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Louise Hutchinson
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Jimmy E. Jensen
  • Assistant Editor: Stephen M. Rickert Jr.
  • Makeup Artist: Leonard MacDonald
  • Construction Foreman: John B. Clarey III
  • Stunts: Shane Geraghty
  • Visual Effects Production Assistant: Ryan Andersen
  • Visual Effects Production Manager: Carrie Richardson
  • Props: Destin M. Hebert
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Nicholas Elwell
  • First Assistant Camera: Brice Reid
  • Stunt Double: Lisa Hoyle
  • Seamstress: Jane Ryder
  • Stunts: Jessica Harbeck
  • CG Supervisor: Joe Harkins
  • Costume Assistant: Meghan Cornay
  • Casting Assistant: Shayna Markowitz
  • Assistant Editor: Phillip Kimsey
  • First Assistant Editor: Aaron Brock
  • CG Supervisor: Richard Sutherland
  • Special Effects Technician: Wayne Eaton
  • Conceptual Design: TyRuben Ellingson
  • Production Accountant: Edward Allen
  • Storyboard Artist: Phillip Norwood
  • Electrician: Jonathan Morrill
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Ryan Juggler
  • Stunts: Craig Jensen
  • First Assistant Director: J. Michael Haynie
  • Rigging Grip: Max Patrucco
  • Negative Cutter: Mo Henry
  • Key Grip: Kenneth Coblentz
  • Second Assistant Director: Richard Oswald
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Keith Sellers
  • Dolly Grip: Jimi Ryan
  • Key Rigging Grip: Kevin Erb
  • Animation Supervisor: Jeremy F. Butler
  • Rigging Grip: Scott Calcagno
  • Assistant Camera: Michael S. Endler
  • CG Supervisor: Nathaniel Larouche
  • Rigging Grip: James Selph
  • Concept Artist: Robert McKinnon
  • Pre-Visualization Supervisor: Brian Pohl
  • Rigging Grip: Marvin Haven
  • Painter: Jack Reeves
  • Dolly Grip: William D. Wynn
  • Set Decorating Coordinator: Rachel Nowik
  • Best Boy Electric: Dale Fowler
  • Visual Effects Technical Director: Dave Olivares
  • Digital Effects Supervisor: Justin Johnson
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Katie Godwin
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Catherine Hughes
  • Visual Effects Production Manager: Sheri Patterson
  • Sequence Supervisor: H Haden Hammond
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Devin Johnson
  • Electrician: Humberto Recio
  • 3D Coordinator: Joshua Grow
  • Second Assistant Camera: Brent Egan
  • Rigging Grip: Todd Thompson
  • Camera Loader: Jonathan Robinson
  • Second Assistant Camera: Penelope Helmer
  • Boom Operator: Ryan Farris
  • Storyboard Artist: Richard Bennett
  • Rigging Grip: L. Chris Strong
  • Lighting Technician: Stan Hoyt
  • Assistant Property Master: Floyd B. Sterling
  • Compositing Supervisor: Eric Doiron
  • Visual Effects Editor: Dipesh Mistry
  • Set Costumer: Myeshea Baker
  • Rigging Grip: Rowland Egerton
  • Electrician: Mike ‘Chewie’ Pappas
  • Rigging Grip: Gary Cadow
  • Set Dresser: Gregory T. Geniusz
  • Set Dresser: Bill Walters
  • Extras Casting: Robin Batherson
  • Special Effects Technician: Jeremy Johnson
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Adam Jewett
  • Senior Modeller: Chris Radcliffe
  • 3D Coordinator: Kim LeBrane
  • 2D Supervisor: David Sewell
  • Set Dresser: Chad Harris
  • Set Dresser: Noel Rideout
  • Best Boy Grip: Quinn Grove
  • Compositing Supervisor: Robin Scott Graham
  • CG Artist: Luca Giorgio
  • Modelling Supervisor: Erin Nicholson
  • Set Dresser: Kenneth Sayers
  • Assistant Editor: Adam M. Duthie
  • Painter: Michael Wynn
  • Set Dresser: Phillip Joffrion
  • Second Assistant Camera: Danny Horne
  • Costumer: Gayle Merindino
  • VFX Director of Photography: Dennis McHugh
  • Animation Supervisor: Raphael A. Pimentel
  • Lighting Technician: Marvin Wright
  • Electrician: David J. Lukinovich Jr.
  • Costumer: Tracey Dundas
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kevin O’Neil
  • Set Dresser: Matthew L. Crowson
  • Graphic Designer: Will Eastin
  • Executive Producer: David Greenblatt
  • Set Dresser: Ty Landry
  • Electrician: Justin Seyb
  • Lighting Technician: Bruce Jackson
  • Assistant Property Master: Kevin McCullough
  • Carpenter: Dave Akes
  • Concept Artist: Paul Gerrard
  • Construction Buyer: Julie Gueydan
  • Construction Buyer: Kathleen Kat Holton
  • Draughtsman: Edward Joyner
  • Painter: Sonda L. Rowland
  • Painter: Ember Soberman
  • Painter: Joel Watts Jr.
  • Propmaker: Doug Bernard
  • Propmaker: Derick Broderman
  • Propmaker: Kenneth Brown
  • Props: Janette Luttrell
  • Set Dresser: Chris Grantz
  • Set Dresser: Gordon Thomas
  • Standby Painter: Tom Ashburn
  • Makeup Effects: Jeremy Drake
  • CG Supervisor: Anthony Zwartouw
  • CG Supervisor: Dan Dixon
  • Lighting Artist: Paul Wojdylo
  • Lighting Artist: J.D. Imhof
  • Visual Effects Production Manager: Ted Lao
  • Costume Assistant: Margaret Wren
  • Legal Services: Ira Goldklang
  • Production Coordinator: Ellen Porter
  • Production Secretary: David Heffler

Movie Reviews:

  • wilburKlick: When it comes to violent film – I’m divided.
    I don’t go out of my way to watch movies about actual, historical battles, because I know that real people died (or were physically or mentally crippled); sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers . . . even children. The prospect of of reliving those tragic (even if heroic) deaths is too painful for me.

    And yet, give me an alien invasion and I’m “all up in that”.
    I find the fantasy of war exciting, and yet I have to be aware of how such films glorify violence; glorify war. I’m conflicted, enjoying this guilty pleasure.

    I’m a little surprised by the low rating.
    Have there been too many movies of this sort? a burnout by the viewing public? A burnout – when it comes to war? Another sign that we might be a war-weary nation / world?

    As for me, I don’t watch a lot of flicks, so I’m not “burnt out” when it comes to military action films. So, this was not “same-o, same-o” for me.

    I thought the script was impressively tight. That applies to character development as well; quick snap-shot profiles; a glance, a nod and you had pretty much all you needed to know about this or that character.

    I’m not a fan of the “shaky-cam”, but I thought it was well employed in some of the battle scenes. I’ve never been in such a situation, but I think the camera gave us that sense of heart-pounding, out of control terror that being shot at and bombed can produce; often no knowing even where the fire is coming from as you hunker down and question your very soul.

    Yes, this is a familiar theme – seasoned tough old lifer in charge of a bunch of kids – typical of many such films (Heartbreak Ridge comes to mind; many more).

    I wonder, also, if there is more of a connection with military vets; something the civilian population can never really get (no offense; just fact; I served but never got shot at)?
    From my experience, I thought the military portrayal was pretty spot on (military gear, tactics, fallibility, rank, age differences, rancor, “I got your 6”, sense of duty and dedication to mission; never give up, never surrender).

    Predictable formula script? sure, in some ways, but I found plenty of surprises as well.
    Maybe if I watched this sort of film all the time, I’d be as cynical as many here.

    I really enjoyed this film (gave it 8/10; probably would have given it 7 1/2, but it deserves better than what I see others giving it).

    Recent revelations from sources such Bigelow and Elizondo, have all but confirmed that we are being visited by aliens. And, who knows, maybe they will decide to harvest our water before we contaminate it any further, as we creep and crawl closer and closer to our own nuclear annihilation.

  • SierraKiloBravo: Click here for a video version of this review: https://youtu.be/kdUtKcM4rJA

    _Battle: Los Angeles_ is a 2011 film that Wikipedia describes as a “military science fiction apocalyptic action film”. That’s a lot of genres mashed into one movie, but boy do they pull it off. So what’s this all about then? Here’s the official description:

    _The Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before._

    I originally saw this in a theatre when it came out, and just like back then, this second viewing was a real good time. What I think makes this so good is that while this is basically a sci-fi movie about an alien invasion, what makes it stand out from the crowd is that it’s put together like a war movie. Much like _Monsters: Dark Continent_ and _Dog Soldiers_ this is a soldier movie with aliens, not an alien movie with soldiers. This is quite a big difference.

    There are some familiar faces in this, there’s Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, and a very young Joey King. Everyone is in good form, but this isn’t a star power movie, its a blow your hair back action film.

    The story itself is pretty simple. Their first mission is to get to a police station and rescue some civilians. On the way there its full of urban warfare like you’ve seen on many videos from overseas in YouTube videos, but this time it’s in America amongst a very familiar looking urban environment. The focus then shifts to a search and destroy mission and it all winds up to an action packed finale. Adding to the chaos all along the way was the film-makers choice to not give you a super clear look at the enemy. It adds another level of tension to it all.

    This is a great turn off your brain type movie that cracks along at a good pace and has lots to entertain you all the way through.

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