Sep 15 2009
Out of all the upcoming board game-themed movies, I have to admit that Battleship has the most potential. And by “potential” I mean the possibility of me giving it one star out of five instead of half a star. I mean it at least will have explosions, right? Think of the good middle hour of Pearl Harbor. That was pretty entertaining.
In any case, listen to the synopsis of the film so far, and listen to Peter Berg try to explain his love for the absurd project:
“The movie is described as “a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle.” Why that premise needs to be based on a board game is a different matter.
In an attempt to justify the decision and seeming waste of his talent, Berg said “As a kid, I was dragged from Navy museum to museum, and spent so much time on ships, listening to my father talk about the great battles of WWII, I did my high school thesis on the Battle of Midway. When this came up, it didn’t take me long to find a take for a film that is filled with raucous action-packed naval battles.”
This excerpt from JoBlo touches briefly on my biggest problem with the film. If you want to make a big action movie about naval warfare fine, but why the **** are you associating it with the board game “Battleship”? Was it really worth all the money Hasbro paid you to have your project endure the undying scorn of journalists, bloggers and the general public? The answer is “no” and stop being a bunch of greedy moronic, assholes.
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