Everyone knows that the Summer Movie Season is a time when subtle storytelling tends to get thrown out the window, in favor of blockbuster spectacle – and, most importantly, stuff blowing up.

That will definitely be the case with this summer’s Battleship, the impending adaptation of the classic Hasbro naval warfare board game which (based on previous trailers) bears a distinct resemblance to the Transformers franchise, in terms of style and content.

A third theatrical promo for Battleship has been released, and it features a whole lot in the way of not-yet-seen material involving gargantuan alien vessels blasting cities and warships to flaming bits. Suffice it to say, those Transformers 4 jokes aren’t going away anytime soon.

Battleship was directed by Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Hancock) and scripted by Red writing duo Erich and Jon Hoeber – though, in a recent interview with the film’s leading man, Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), we learned that the both Berg and Kitsch likewise contributed to the Battleship screenplay.

However – as you’ll note while watching the third Battleship trailer below – memorable dialogue and intricate plot twists aren’t exactly the big marketing points for this movie:

So, yeah, everything in the latest Battleship trailer, from the grand-scale shots of Hong Kong being reduced to fiery smithereens by shrieking spiky metal spheres, to closeups of model-turned actress Brooklyn Decker gawking at the devastation – looking like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers: Dark of the Moon – and even the dead-serious cheesy dialogue, feels like something lifted straight out of a Michael Bay movie.

Is that (per se) a bad thing? Not really.

Battleship doesn’t look to feature the juvenile comedy bits or cartoony human characters that people love to hate (or hate to love) from the Transformers series, but will offer similar amounts of bang for your buck. Similarly, Kitsch demonstrated some solid action hero chops in John Carter, and he’ll have backup in the form of Liam Neeson. Most people would agree, that’s definitely a big step up from Shia LaBeouf in the Transformers trilogy.

Look for Battleship to arrive in theaters around the U.S. on May 18th, 2012.

Source: Universal Pictures