Let’s be honest: At this point there are a considerable number of people who are still not sold on seeing Battleship, director Peter Berg’s new summer blockbuster based on the Hasbro board game of the same name. The lack of enthusiasm is probably why Universal has released so many clips from the film to help persuade moviegoers into the theater – clips we have rounded up for you here today.
Those who profess anything from indifference to disdain for Battleship have done so for reasons that usually include its total lack of connection to the actual board game it’s based on; the shoehorning of aliens into the plot; and the general sense that Hasbro and Universal are attempting to replicate the success of the Transformers movie franchise, based on the similar designs in alien tech and action sequencing.
While all of those concerns are valid, people have overlooked other familiar aspects of the film – such as the soapy human drama and stilted “comedy” that Battleship has also seemingly lifted right out of Michael Bay’s Transformers play book. As you’ll see in the clips below, from the dialogue to the jokes to the big action set pieces, Battleship is so Transformers that some viewers will likely confuse the two:
Seriously, it would be interesting to find out just how many people in the general public – who are largely unaware of this movie – would see this footage and automatically assume it’s the work of Michael Bay. To be fair, director Peter Berg has proved in films like Friday Night Lights and The Kingdom that he is more than a solid talent when it comes to telling compelling stories with good characters and big moments. But then, Hancock also proved him adept at crafting a big, silly, popcorn film as well. Battleship definitely falls into the latter camp.
Regardless of our quips about its quality (or lack thereof) the film is already off to a good start: it opened overseas (no pun) in mid-April, and has since amassed $170 million at the box office. So, even with an inflated budget and what is sure to be poor critical reception, there’s still a very good chance that Berg, Universal and Hasbro are all going to walk away laughing with some money in pocket.
We’ll find out how the battle goes stateside when Battleship opens in U.S. markets on May 18, 2012.