Battleship based on the Hasbro board-game of the same name is the clear successor to the Transformers series of films and yes it is all a razzle and dazzle show with no wit, intelligence or heart.
A joint naval combat training exercise in Hawaii that involves many nations in addition to the Japanese and American forces takes a turn for the worse when aliens touch down upon the Pacific Ocean creating a barrier of sorts while trying to phone home for reinforcements. They have come down answering a call sent out by NASA to a planet called planet-g. Most of the navy gets locked out of the barrier except for three destroyer ships inside the force-field. On one of these ships is our wise-cracking and perfectly chiselled bad-boy protagonist, Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) whose brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgard) happens to be the captain of the ship. Alex is also dating the Admiral Shanes (Liam Nesson) daughter, Samantha (Brooklyn Decker). With little knowledge about the aliens and the inability of the ships radars to pinpoint their locations, the boys with toys are left to play a game of battleship.
The reason for the aliens being on our planet is taken from the ideas and pages of Erich Von Dainiken. The battle tactics and manoeuvres which defy the laws of physics from the most outrageous possible fiction and an entire setup about how they overcome the loss of their radar incorporates the game play of the board game. Laughable lines and plot developments reside comfortably next to a bombastic background score and blazing special effects. There are plenty of attempts at humour but most of it falls flat.
The aliens look like bastard children of Fred Durst and for some reason have ships that hop in and out of the water. The title takes a very literal meaning towards the end of the movie for the climatic battle and frankly is one of the stupidest part of the movie in a movie already cramped with stupidity.
As a loud and stupid movie, the movie holds enough bang for your buck but what it fails to do is entertain you. The image of something exploding every five minutes generates not excitement but just irritation for the eyes and ears. If you liked Transformers and its ilk of movies, youll probably like this too.