Most people expected a film based off a Hasbro board game (and casual college drinking game) to be some kind of joke, but Peter Berg may have turned Battleship into a watchable feature. Sure, Universal Pictures hired big names like Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson and recording artist Rihanna, but the real stars are the United States military.
Little known fact: over half the actors and extras in Battleship are active duty military personnel. Berg, the cast and crew took every step possible to make this film as realistic as they could. Even with all the CGI and aliens.
In the latest behind-the-scenes for Battleship viewers were granted a special look at the men and women of the armed forces and their experiences filming on set in Hawaii.
I can only imagine that would have to be the plot of the movie, right? Someone guesses the positioning of a ship, it’s sunk, then someone cries out in agony, “You sunk my battleship!” Give the trailer a watch, then we’ll decide.
Honestly, I think my movie sounds better. In what looks like a film created at the altar of Bay, Battleship is about a hotshot naval officer serving under Liam Neeson, who also happens to be said hotshot’s girlfriend’s daddy. Uh-oh, tension! When out on a routine exercise they spy a half-submerged craft in the ocean, which turns out to be what, a Transformer? I’m kind of confused. We then have an ariel shot I’m guessing is supposed to give us the connection to the classic Milton Bradley no Hasbro board game, as well as the alien? ship firing some kind of peg missile. And why is Eric Northman there? Surely vampires can’t serve in the U.S. Navy.
I feel like this movie’s a stretch, but I’m interested to see what screen writers Jon and Erich Hoeber managed to make of it. Battleship is directed by Peter Berg and stars Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna (yes, for realz, the singer), Josh Pence, Jesse Plemons and Peter MacNicol. It’s set to open May 18th.