Skip to comments.Press-scorned ‘Battleship’ hopes to avoid death in choppy U.S. waters
Posted on 05/13/2012 10:11:03 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
In an unusual move by a studio executive, Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson recently introduced his risky $211 million film, Battleship to film exhibitors by emblazoning in bold letters on screen some of the negative zingers the press has already slung at the board-game-inspired action movie.
I particularly liked Stephen Colberts line, Who will they get to play the plastic peg? Fogelson says with a laugh. There is no point denying what has already been said about the film. A lot of very successful movies in the history of cinema started with the press throwing darts at [them].
Battleship, which opens Friday, has been an easy target. The idea of taking a decades-old board game based on grids and guesses with no characters and turning it into a high-tech battle against giant invading alien machines might seem ludicrous to some (James Cameron called it a sign of Hollywoods pure desperation), but Hasbro has woven a winning formula with converting two of its other branded titles, Transformers and G.I. Joe, into live-action megafranchises. Fogelson is hopeful Battleship will have the same fate.
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Unless I hear that this is a very good movie, it has rental written all over it.
I’ve heard it is very good. But, the big screen would be way better for this one than even your high-def at home.
i hear its been called “The most expensive B movie ever made”
It was postponed for America because the social networks got ahead of the hype and the producers felt like it could become like John Carter, so it was released overseas first.
I’ll go and see it.
Academy Award material — no! Fun movie—yes! We’ve been working on it, I’ve seen it umpteenth times, it’s like I said, a fun film.
My company has also been working on Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus, they should do well, both are excellent films! Seen both of these many times and they both are theater bound by me, especially Prometheus.
“You sunk my battleship!”
“You sunk my battleship!”
Isn’t Prometheus the prequel to the first Alien movie?
Battlefield LA with better special effects. Wasn’t as bad as people are making it out to be.
If they blow things up, have attractive women and the Americans win, I’ll go see it.
I haven’t been to a theater to see a movie in many years. To many idiots, cell phones and just plain rude azz people.
I’ll wait for the DVD and enjoy it in my home where I can start, stop, replay, zoom in, zoom out, crank up the volume, grab a beer i.e. do pretty much anything I want.
That's what the preview looks like to me.
Funny its not harping on that, maybe they fear people will call it “The Phantom Alien”
But then again it could be a grand introduction of who, what, where and why the Alien species came from.
Frankly I want more Predator films.
I took my sons on a crowded Saturday to see the “Avengers”. No noise. No cell phones. GREAT movie. A lot of fun and over 2 hours. Worth every penny.
I thought it was bad when Hollywood stooped to making movies out of cartoon characters. But now they’re reduced to board games? What’s next? “Parcheesi: The Epic”
I love a mindless blow-em-up movie as much as the next guy, but I gotta agree with Cameron: this is a complete drought of ideas.
You mean this James Cameron?
Same here. My tastes are simple, from growing up watching James Bond films: beautiful women, good military gadgets, and large explosions. My local theater has a $5 morning matinee on weekends, and that's when we go.
***Battlefield LA with better special effects. Wasnt as bad as people are making it out to be.****
I actually liked it. Too bad the political situation of the world is such that all movie enemies are now outer space aliens or ZOMBIES!
I didn’t say Cameron wasn’t a hypocrite. I just said I agreed with him about vapid films based on board games. I believe Hollywood is fully capable of making vapid films from hundreds of other sources.
You don't need to buy anything from Milton Bradley. Just draw the grid and the "ships" and there you go.
It was a better world back then, Father and Son playing Battleship, while Mother and Daughter did the dishes.
We used to make up the amount of ships the way we wanted:
8 pt boats
We would bet baseball cards.
Last time I went to a theater was to see Independence Day just to see Washington blown up on the big screen.
That explains a lot. Unfortunately for the Russians, the Japanese brought real battleships to that war...
As I understand it, battleship was originally a pencil-and-paper game played by Russian sailors in the Russo-Japanese War.
That explains a lot. Unfortunately for the Russians, the Japanese brought real battleships to that war... :)
Lol! Well, Russia's fleet was in the Baltic, so they had to fight with something!
Star Wars originally had a reviewe with 1.5 stars out of five.
Critics have agendas not opinions.
Dances with Smurfs.
According to the critics, what was wrong with the Star Wars movie?
“Battleship” would be hard pressed to be more fun (and just plain “good”) than “Avengers”.
Looking forward to “Prometheus” though.