You already kno`w,
from the trailers, that it’s one of those alien-invasion movies.
Count on lots of combat scenes, explosions, gritty heroes, and the world
made safe for the Facebook IPO.
So do we even try to attract a little
wider audience (that is, anybody besides young males who like to see things go
bang?). Well, yes, we try so hard that
we almost wonder when we’re going to get to the real action.
Taylor Kitsch (of “John Carter”
notoriety, and born in
) plays Alex, the young rebel who has a big brother (Alexander Skarsgard, born
) in the military, and so, not knowing what else to do with his slacker-life,
he enlists in the Navy, also. And
promptly falls in love with the Admiral’s daughter.
Liam Neeson, veteran Irish character
actor, probably wasn’t the best choice as the straight-edge Admiral in the
American Navy. Somehow he looks like an
actor wearing a uniform, rather than a uniform that exudes the commanding
presence of the career military man wearing it.
As for his daughter, Brooklyn Decker, well, she’s the “it” model
right now. We’re still not sure if
she can act or not, since she really wasn’t asked to do anything except
pose, and deliver lines. But she just
might be able to earn some real acting chops later; she’s not a complete
The American military is.
Or at least those parts that not only got caught completely off-guard
by the invasion, but also, once the fighting started, got its Navy running at
such close quarters that it managed to get trapped in a kind of invisible wall
that the space invaders were able to throw up around it.
So that leaves only….you guessed it, our anti-hero, Alex. And his
motley little crew of bravehearts, including, interestingly enough, some
“old salt” World War II vets, a few active-duty Japanese naval officers,
and also Rihanna (born in Barbados), the incredibly successful
singer/model/pop star who “plays down” her natural beauty as Petty Officer
Cora “Weps” Raikes. She might be on
her way to a real acting career, also.
Oh, and before we get to all the
explosions, we even try to develop a story line.
A set of nerdy American scientists (headed by Adam Godley, born in
England), searching for a planet in the solar system with the climate most
like the earth, actually find one, and send it a signal through deep space,
just seeking to make contact. The
aliens follow the signal to us in order to colonize and conquest.
Oh, and they resemble us, all right, but with snapper-hands and
reptilian eyes, and the technology to make “Ironman”-type armor for
themselves, which makes them difficult to fight against.
Except, of course, our intrepid anti-hero won’t give up without a
fight, and he soon learns that the enemy aliens do, indeed, have an
OK, now we can go about blowing up
stuff, and hapless ordinary citizens scream themselves silly and try
ineffectually to run away from the mayhem. But
we all know how it’s going to end. What
could be better than waving the flag, receiving a medal, and getting the girl?
Well, they at least tried to introduce a
story line. And just because it’s
predictable doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable.
But, just curious---whose idea was it to avoid casting Americans?
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Interim Pastor,
St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church,