Who's In It: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ne-Yo, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Pena, Ramon Rodriguez
The Basics: Battle battle battle meteors oh wait not meteors they’re alive and battle battle battle monster machines blowing up everything all over the world at the same time and battle battle battle marines and their boss is stone-dull Aaron Eckhart but he’s not going to man up and save anyone battle battle BOOM BOOM BOOM EXPLOSIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE FOR 116 MINUTES JUST NONSTOP EXPLOSIONS and finally here comes Michelle Rodriguez who you know is going to kill all those aliens at the same time all by herself BOOM BOOM BOOM MORE EXPLOSIONS battle battle battle next sequel stop is Paris or Beijing or Tokyo or wherever this one makes the most money.
What’s The Deal: There are thoughtful movie watchers who care about plot, characterization, imagination, humanity and art, about films that push boundaries in both content and form. And then there’s the rest of you knuckleheads. If you’re in the latter camp, you’re gonna love this. It kicks Skyline’s stupid ass. And if you’re in the former group, think about this: There are times in life when you’re feeling busted and lazy, both in body and mind. In those times, it’s okay to enjoy a movie like this, one that’s nonstop sensation and jarring idiot chaos. All you want is stuff to blow up, passably designed aliens (whose spacecraft are significantly cooler-looking) and extreme loudness. Here’s where to get it.
The New King Of All Fighting Stuff: Michelle Rodriguez, as The Michelle Rodriguez Character. Not only is she the only spark of human life here, she’s the only one that seems physically capable of doling out brutal justice to giant half-machine-half-monster spacemen. Everything about her is Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton and “How ya like me now?” If they make another one, let her be Aaron Eckhart’s lord and master.
The Recipe: One part War of the Worlds, one part generic stoic army guy movie from 1957 set during WWII, one part Independence Day, one part goofy dialogue that makes it seem like the screenwriter watched Airplane! a lot and 1,000 parts Black Hawk Down. Put in blender. Drink it. Throw up. Drink more of it.
Not Kidding About That Airplane! Thing Either: There’s a really funny moment where Aaron Eckhart, who lost a lot of troops in his last doomed mission, is confronted by a downed soldier’s brother. Eckhart offers a heartfelt, regretful apology and then, on a dime, announces, ‘BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERS RIGHT NOW!” and off they go to fight more monsters. It’s almost worth the price of a ticket all by itself.