World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles

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German title World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles
Original title Battle: Los Angeles
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2011
length 116 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
JMK 14
Director Jonathan Liebesman
script Christopher Bertolini
production Neal H. Moritz ,
Ori Marmur
music Brian Tyler
camera Lukas Ettlin
cut Christian Wagner

World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles (also known as Battle: LA and Battle: Los Angeles ) is an American science fiction war film that premiered in American theaters on March 11, 2011 and in German cinemas on April 14, 2011 . Directed by Jonathan Liebesman ; the leading roles were played by Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodríguez .


On August 12, 2011 , spacecraft of an extraterrestrial race , initially mistaken for meteors , hit the oceans off coastal metropolises worldwide. Infantry units emerge from these and attack and conquer the nearby coasts, including a stretch of beach in front of Los Angeles . The aliens want to colonize the earth because they need water as fuel and this only occurs on earth in liquid form. The news reports that 20 cities in 17 countries around the world have already been attacked.

Second Lieutenant Martinez, platoon leader in a United States Marine Corps unit , and his retired deputy Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz, and their team are assigned to rescue civilians from a Santa Monica police station before the United States Air Force takes over Wants to destroy the city in three hours by a massive air strike.

On the way to the guard they come into contact for the first time with the only remotely humanoid aliens who are larger than humans, seem to have grown together with their weapons and turn out to be technologically superior opponents. The Marines also encounter a small group of dispersed soldiers whose units have been wiped out.

After being ambushed by the aliens and suffering some casualties, the soldiers arrive at the police station. There they meet two adults with children. A helicopter is requested for evacuation. He picks up a few wounded and takes off, but is then shot down by the alien drones. The survivors initially hide in the building. By capturing a wounded alien and partially dissecting it, they can find out how best to kill it: in the middle of the body, such as where the human heart is.

Now the survivors try to escape by bus in order to avoid the announced air strike. Escape is difficult because the roads are partially destroyed and blocked by wrecked cars. Your bus is attacked and damaged by aerial drones. When a group of charging aliens threatens to overrun the group, Lieutenant Martinez sacrifices himself by blowing up himself and the bus, thus enabling the group to escape.

Although the countdown has now expired, the supposed air superiority of the Air Force has been lost to alien drones, and the expected air strike has not materialized.

The group, now under the command of Staff Sergeant Nantz, eventually returns to the military base, but finds it destroyed. You discover a map with the last remaining bases in the vicinity. With a roadworthy LAV , a wheeled armored vehicle , they reach the last evacuation point, where a helicopter picks them up. During the return flight, Nantz believes he can see the drone's control center in a dark part of the city. He wants to explore the area and hopes that it will help his own armed forces regain control of the air. He can be dropped off in the middle of the burning and destroyed city. The other soldiers then join him.

They manage to get close to the control center. They call for artillery support by radio and mark the target with a laser beam . In a decisive battle they manage to repel the alien onslaught until the alien control center and thus the heart of the enemy operation is destroyed by the requested remote control missile, which is guided by the laser beam into the target. All of the alien's drones then crash because they no longer receive any control signals. In view of the lost air sovereignty, the alien ground forces withdraw.

Nantz and his team are picked up by helicopter and taken to a makeshift base of operations in the Mojave Desert , where they are hailed as heroes for their bravery. The other cities attacked adopt the strategy of primarily destroying the alien command ships.

Additional ground forces are mobilized to kill the remaining aliens. Contrary to the instruction to rest, Nantz and his team regroup themselves to keep fighting: "Now we're getting Los Angeles back!"


The critics in the United States were very skeptical of the film. On Rotten Tomatoes , the film currently has an approval rating of only 35%.

Battle: Los Angeles is noisy, violent, ugly and stupid. Its manufacture is a reflection of appalling cynicism on the part of its makers, who don't even try to make it more than senseless chaos. Here's a science-fiction film that's an insult to the words 'science' and 'fiction,' and the hyphen in between them. You want to cut it up to clean under your fingernails. [...] Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots. Young women: If your date likes this movie, tell him you've been thinking it over, and you think you should consider spending some time apart.

Battle: Los Angeles is loud, violent, gross and stupid. Its design reflects the terrible cynicism on the part of its makers, who don't even try to create more than senseless chaos. Here we have a science fiction film that offends the words "science" and "fiction" as much as the hyphen in between. He's not worth the black under the fingernails. […] Boys: If you go along with this crap with friends who think it's good, tactfully teach them that they are idiots. Girls: If your date likes this film, tell him that you have given it up and that you should meet other people too. "

- Roger Ebert

“This movie spends so much yawn-inducing time on variations of the same combat scenario that its final showdown feels rushed. That's why Battle: Los Angeles would have worked better as a video game. Viewers who adore the bang-bang could have sustained it for weeks. And the rest of us could have looked up the cheat codes and jumped straight to the anticlimactic ending. "

“This film wastes so much time on yawning boring variations of the same combat scenario that the final showdown rushes by. So Battle: Los Angeles would have worked more like a video game: Viewers who appreciate his peng peng could have endured it for weeks while the rest of us would have looked at the cheats and quickly jumped to the disappointing end. "

- Mark Jenkins : The Washington Post

“What remains are two or three successful action sequences, but the remaining din of the battle fizzles out relatively ineffectively. Compared to a genre enrichment like Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi allegory District 9 , Battle: Los Angeles is a clear step backwards. [...] Conclusion: Martial sci-fi battle epic with some impressive action scenes and a squad of newcomers who are burned in supporting roles. "

“The film wants to be a naturalistic war film from the point of view of the foot soldiers, but a criminally sloppy cut as well as unconsciously changing camera angles do not create tension, only disorientation and boredom on the alien front. World Invasion, for example, already fails in the film grammar in the boot camp and usually looks like an overly long trailer that has no feeling for space and rhythm. "

- David Kleingers : The mirror

Video game

The official video game was released on Xbox Live on March 11, 2011 .


With a budget of 70 million dollars, the film grossed around 211.8 million dollars worldwide, including around 35.5 million dollars on the opening weekend in first place. Director Jonathan Liebesman explained in spring 2012 that a sequel with a similar size Budget is being worked on.

The Asylum produced a mockbuster with Battle of Los Angeles in the same year .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , March 2011 (PDF; test number: 126 761 K).
  2. Age rating for World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles . Youth Media Commission .
  3. Battle: Los Angeles on
  4. ^ Film review by Roger Ebert (English)
  5. ^ Mark Jenkins: Film Review . In: The Washington Post . March 11, 2011. (English)
  6. film review on
  7. ^ David Kleingers: Film Review . In: Spiegel Online . April 15, 2011, accessed May 10, 2011.
  8. Jump up ↑ Battle: Los Angeles on Box Office Mojo
  9. Steve Weintraub: Director Jonathan Liebesman Talks WRATH OF THE TITANS and the BATTLE LOS ANGELES sequel. In: Collider. March 26, 2012, accessed February 17, 2014 .