You’re probably wondering why I’m reviewing the same movie twice. But no, I’m just reviewing a movie with a remarkably similar title, and you’ve probably guessed that, indeed, it comes from The Asylum. Today we’re tackling Battle of Los Angeles, a copy of which the folks out at The Asylum sent over for us to review.
Battle of Los Angeles follows, basically, what it says on the box. A race of alien beings have come to earth and they are, not surprisingly, not here for our Reese’s Pieces. And this isn’t the first time they were here, either–we first met these boys back in 1942. Now, we’re facing them a second time, and this time, they’re ready for us. But we’ve got a bit of help from some boys who’ve seen this before…and more recently than they think.
You might think that a movie called “Battle of Los Angeles” would owe a lot to “Battle Los Angeles”. Well, not near so much as you might think. In fact, I don’t know why they even called it that, because this movie has about as much to do with the other as a fish has to do with a duck. What this actually is is a weird combination of Independence Day (right down to the building-blasting mothership and even a bit of the fighter design) and a time-travel movie.
And yet, there’s a problem here–Battle of Los Angeles is almost a little too ambitious for its own good. They’ve got a lot of ideas going on in here, and frankly, a couple of them together would have made a fine movie. But there’s a little too much density of plot elements in this one; it’s actually trying just a bit too hard. And I can’t fault–too hard–any movie that tries hard, especially from The Asylum who all too often has made a career out of phoning in Asylumized knockoffs of most anything that wandered into a theater, this time, the ambition just got a little out of hand.
Still though, it’s a surprisingly complex experience, and you’ll have to pay pretty close attention to make sure you’re getting everything. A few things will happen in an almost unexplainable fashion, requiring you to fill in the blanks. But still, this is a refreshing change of pace from normal Asylum fare, and though it’s somewhat hit or miss, I give them plenty of credit for taking a run at something new.
The Screenhead Ten Scale loves to reward effort, and thus forks over a seven out of ten for Battle of Los Angeles. It may not have succeeded every time, but it hit some good notes, and it definitely put on a worthwhile, if somewhat confused, show.