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Monday, June 6, 2011

Movie Review # 98 Battle of Los Angeles [The Asylum] (2011)

Release: 2011
Director: Mark Atkins
Writer: Mark Atkins
Cast: Kel Mitchell, Nia Peeples, Dylan Vox

Rotten Tomatoes: 10% Audience
IMDb: 2.0/10
Netflix: 1.9 Stars

I feel horrible for anyone that had the displeasure of thinking this was Battle: Los Angeles. As the titles are so similar that more than few where lured in. Then ultimately disappointed as are most with all productions by The Asylum and its helping parent company Sy Fy. Which gave this movie a little more of a budget. That went to some of the cheesiest special effects in the history of movies.

Which are plentiful and completely laughable. As is the entire movie as a whole. The one thing that this movie has going is that it is so bad it is good. Which makes it tolerable and enjoyable to the viewers as you watch sets made of plywood, cardboard, milk crates and plastic pallets. Be used all over the place as well as plumbing, and air conditioning tubing used all over. This complete lack of care is so bad that it brings a smile to my face.

Especially when you see the Nerf guns being used as the alien weapon technology it is just a complete riot. Which is even funnier when you team it with the silly effects and sounds. But none of the tops the acting that is over the top and outlandish. Now as bad as all of this is nothing tops the story as it is 68 years since The Battle of Los Angeles in 1942. As the Aliens have come back and with them brought back an airman from the past as well that was captured.

So we have cheesey Independence Day ships, time travel, cardboard and pallet sets? What can go wrong here! I know what went wrong it was someone green lighting this movie. Which was a travesty but not so bad that I wouldn't watch this at a later date. It is a movie you sit down and have fun with. Not like movies like Skeleton Key 2. Where it is torture to your soul.

Instead it is that bad movie night feature that you toss back shots. For each scene with pallets, or each scene that you see one of the space ships. It is a perfect drinking movie as it is full of moments that make you want to.

My Rating: 1.25 out of 5 Stars

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