Battleship: Spoilers, Discuss, Yadda, Yadda, Yadda

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Trekker4747, May 19, 2012.

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Grade the movie:

  1. A+

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  2. A

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. A-

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  4. B+

    5 vote(s)
    21.7%
  5. B

    4 vote(s)
    17.4%
  6. B-

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  7. C+

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  8. C

    5 vote(s)
    21.7%
  9. C-

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  10. D+

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. D

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  12. D-

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. FAIL!!!!!

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. DarthTom

    DarthTom Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Meh. I didn't see the film so I cannot comment on whether it's good or bad or not but generally I think this is an unfair criticism.

    Star Trek fans typically are very forgiving of Trek for it's outright often absurd magical engineering solutions to problems that are only instantly forgotten 3 episodes later where the same problem could have been solved with the one they just used.

    I'm willing to suspend my disbelief for Trek and for other sci-fi films that fail at the poorly thought out engineering generally to resolve plot problems.
     
  2. Cutter John

    Cutter John Rear Admiral Rear Admiral


    I think the difference is, we're willing to put up with scientific BS in Trek because the stories are interesting and we like the characters.
     
  3. DarthTom

    DarthTom Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    [cough]ST Voyager - Thresholod[cough] [cough]ST Voyager - Any episode on the holodeck at Fairhaven[cough]

    [cough] TOS Spocks Brain [cough]

    [cough] TNG - Code of Honor - Skin of Evil - Shades of Gray [cough]

    ;)

    In any case, I got your point that we generally like the characters whereas in Battleship apparently people did not.

    I was just saying that Trek is notorious for using plot devices that are all but forgotten in subsequent episodes to solve problems and to criticize it for doing so leaves Trek IMO ripe for the same observations.
     
  4. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    Well, I don't have to pay to see it, since I work for a movie theater chain here in Austin. And I have friends who do want to see it, so I can get 'em in for free, too.

    :techman:
     
  5. DarthTom

    DarthTom Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    on topic: Reuters is characterizing this as 'Battleship disaster' in terms of the box office:

    Reuters

     
  6. Joerib

    Joerib Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I liked it!!
     
  7. Cutter John

    Cutter John Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    There may be hope for our society yet.
     
  8. DarthTom

    DarthTom Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Yea - but for sci-fi fans this may not bold well for the future of the genre generally. I'm sure Comcast executives are holding Universal's feet to the fire over what went wrong. Moreover, I'm sure they're scratching their heads as to what 'formula,' works for the genre with the general public - because apparently this ain't it.
     
  9. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

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    The failure of Battleship isn't going to put a dent in the great deluge of (mostly insipid) science fiction blockbusters. It's certainly not going to have an effect on any of the interesting, modestly budget science fiction films that are being produced.

    And let's not forget that Hollywood studios make most of their money in television sales, where Battleship (which, by the way, has already grossed $215 million overseas) will almost certainly break even and, eventually, turn a tidy profit for Universal.
     
  10. Mr. Adventure

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    ^^ It might put a dent in the ones with Taylor Kitsch in them.
     
  11. Cutter John

    Cutter John Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    I think a lot more will depend on how well Prometheus does.

    However, should it give some studio second thoughts about greenlighting the next stupid Baysplosion movie, or Hungry, Hungry Hippos: The Motion Picture, we'll all be richer for it.
     
  12. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

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    No doubt his career will have a bit of a set back. Then again, his work on television has received more praise than his work in blockbusters, so if he goes back to that perhaps it won't be so bad...
     
  13. Aeolusdallas

    Aeolusdallas Captain Captain

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    Because he wanted the girl and told her he would get her one. That scene was so funny I thought I would hurt myself. The whole movie was silly but fun like that.

    Also I agree with the poster who said the humans were the bad guys. They clearly started the fight. At every turn the aliens used restraint and only went all out when they tried to phone home.
     
  14. Aeolusdallas

    Aeolusdallas Captain Captain

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    The protagonist didn't start the fight. His commanding officer did when he had his ship fire the warning shot. But other than that your points are pretty accurate.
     
  15. hyzmarca

    hyzmarca Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    No, that doesn't qualify as an attack unless it also qualifies as an attack when you pee on an electrified fence. He was stupid enough to play around on a piece of high-tech equipment that he did not understand. That he got electrocuted for his trouble is not at all surprising. In the real military he would be chewed out for his stupidity in touching something when he had no idea what it did or how it worked.

    Considering the fact that the battleship is supposedly serves aboard is full of things which aren't weapons but will nevertheless kill you if you get to close to them, he should have known better. He certainly wouldn't walk up to his ship's phased array radar and touch it.
     
  16. Star Wolf

    Star Wolf Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Ever watch westerns, putting up a fence on open range was an act of war. :rommie:
     
  17. Admiral2

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    People latching on to this myth keep forgetting the giant bladed bocce balls of doom, and lobbing giant bladed bocce balls of doom willy-nilly into civilian populations is not a sign of "restraint" on anyone's part, no matter what provocation they claim drove them to it.

    Finding out what it did and how it worked was what the team in the rigid-hulled inflatable boat was sent to do, and given that a RHIB is not a ship, and therefore doesn't mount fifteen different kinds of radar, the only things the boat crew would be able to use to investigate the object would be their own senses, including touch.

    So no, hyzmarca, in the real military he would not be chewed out for doing his f***ing JOB and tripping a security feature in the process. Instead, his commanders would try to recover him, get the rest of the team away and make sure no other surprise hurt anybody else, which is exactly what happened in the movie. No human being "provoked" or "started" a damn thing.

    First, he served aboard a GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER. There is a significant difference between that and a BATTLESHIP.

    Second, since (a) he obviously knows what a phased array radar is, and (b) it's impossible to actually just walk up to one of the "billboards" and touch it unless the ship is overturned and sinking, your example is BS. There is absolutely no way he could have known what not to touch on an alien object half-sunk into the water.

    Third, some of us need to start reading books that don't have the Star Trek logo on them...
     
  18. hyzmarca

    hyzmarca Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Except that they were intelligent and explicitly avoided killing civilians.

    You're assuming that it was a security feature and not simply that the pylon had a current running through it as part of it's basic function. The thing he touched had writing on it. For all we know that Writing said "danger, high voltage".

    Sending people over to investigate was a dumb move itself. But really, touching things at random is also dumb.
     
  19. Sindatur

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    Yea, poor thing. Wolverine wasn't even liked by the Genre fans, then John Carter, well received by Genre fans, but, panned by critics and didn't make nothing, and now Battleship a couple months later.
     
  20. DarthTom

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    Aside form Star Trek XI in the past 5 years, a lot of sci-fi really hasn't done that well either on TV or on film.

    [and before you say it, I don't consider Avatar nor Transformers to be 'traditional' sci-fi in terms of aliens, space ships etc.]