Battleship then shifts to a Naval competition and the thwarted attempts of Alex, a naval weapons officer, to ask permission of Sam’s father, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, Unknown), to marry his daughter. Somewhere along the way, aliens arrive, smashing through Hong Kong and into the Pacific Ocean.

These aliens don’t come in peace. They send up a force field and start destroying ships. Soon Alex finds himself in command of a diminished fighting force, battling an enemy that seems impossible to defeat. Humankind’s survival will come down to Alex’s newfound leadership skills, quick thinking and the assistance of some elderly Navy veterans. Music star Rihanna is along for the ride as a weapons specialist, as is real-life U.S. Army Col. Gregory D. Gadson, who lost both his legs in Iraq and whose artificial limbs are as impressive to behold as any of the film’s special-effects creations.

But why waste more words explaining the story? If you want a great story, with multi-dimensional characters, Battleship is not the movie for you. Nor will you find much about religion in Battleship, even as its characters face the imminent prospect of death. The closest the film gets to the contemplation of the afterlife is a character who says, “We’re all gonna die. Just not today.”

If, instead, you’re looking for a big, loud summer action extravaganza that overwhelms your senses and dares you to enjoy the ride, this may be the movie for you. While it doesn’t deliver the unexpected, jingoistic jolt of Act of Valor, Battleship can be a pro-military, rousing and patriotic moviegoing experience.

But if you pay for a ticket, be careful about the message you’re sending to Hollywood: You may soon find yourself lining up to see film versions of Hasbro’s The Game of Life, Lite-Brite and Jenga.


  • Language/Profanity: “Oh my God”; “a-s”; “da-n”; “oh s-it”; “dam-it”; “mother…“; “hell.”
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: Some scenes of drinking.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Kissing; a man in a tub, with his private parts covered by ice; a man is wrapped in a towel from the waist down.
  • Violence/Crime: Breaking and entering; a man is Tasered; a person is kicked in the face; long scenes of combat and destruction; punching an alien.
  • Marriage/Religion: A man tries to find a way to ask a man permission to marry the man’s daughter.

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