I had expected more. The battleships from outer space were all high-tech and amazingly detailed as the Transformers in ditto movie, but somehow the plot seems unsustainable. The fact that the invaders are a superior race, their only flaw being intolerance to direct sunlight, should allow them to wipe out the 'enemy' ships much quicker than they do in the movie. But then again, they're compared to colonizators of early, such as Columbus, and as they're faced with comparatively primitive foes maybe it's easy for them to underestimate their resistance. Their security systems, surveillance and radar and stuff like that, does not seem to be on par with Earthly equivalents though. Overall the space critters seem to have a few defects, the main characters are all blatant stereotypes and it's pretty much a mixture of Transformers and some of many naval movies in which there are bad guys, good guys, romance, sibling rivalry, one reckless, one mindful, one captain that nobody likes and an underlying mission to save the world.
It's predictable, obviously, but it has it's moments. On the bright side the acting and the effects are all superb. And Rihanna does a decent debut. Even if she isn't the greatest actor, and especially doesn't really fit the tough role she gets in this movie, I look forward to seeing more of her in the future! No doubt involving her in this was big hype for the media, and maybe even a big boost for this film. I'll give it a...
rated 3/5: not bad
Remember Rihanna's grand movie debut, playing against Swedish Alexander Skarsgård? This is it. I saw it when it came out, but mistakenly remembered it as the first Pacific Rim. My bad. Had to rewatch it to refresh my memory, and...
The special effects were something else! They're the big thing here. Damn. It almost looks like the crew that worked on this movie was the same as the one on the first Transformers movie. The detail level is impressive, even if they didn't get alien lifeforms quite right. And the sound effects don't really feel custom-sculpted for a new franchise. The motions and special effects don't always match, either. And Rihanna can't act.
Or she's learning. Or they made it seem like she couldn't.
It was also interesting seeing Liam Neeson as a captain again! Leading rank. I just watched A-Team, where he had a similar role, but unlike that one - where he sometimes seemed unfit his military ranks - he really fit the mold in this one.
Overall it's all a very American, patriotic, shallow kind of film, but with some pretty bad-ass moments, a good cast, and a story that could almost have been a sequel to Transformers, but with focus on ships. The ship part's cool too. Lots of footage of ships. Technical stuff too, even if the action definitely takes over. It's a blast from start to finish but: nothing to hang up on the (Christmas - but it's not that time yet) tree.
rated 3/5: not bad