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Who’s going to save the world when human-lizard mutant, mega tech-advanced aliens attack? Man-child Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), that’s who!
Hopper, a 26-year-old whose mental maturity did not develop as fast as his hormones, joins his brother, Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard), Commander for the U.S Navy, in order to grow up…?
For a moment there, the movie forgets that this is an action film and gets all distracted setting up Hopper as a stubborn, immature man lacking goals and motivation before AND after joining the Navy. It remains funny enough for you to forget, briefly, that you came to see ships getting blown up and aliens annihilated.
But it is all worth the wait. These massive alien ships shoot these really cool but nasty bombs that don’t explode at contact. Instead, they allow you a couple of seconds to fully watch your entire life flash before your eyes and then, and only then, they blow you up.
A force field (debatably the coolest thing in this film) isolates Hopper from the rest of the Navy, making him the only hope for the human race. Together with his team, which includes Petty Officer Cora "Weps" Raikes (Rihanna), and the USS Missouri battleship, they destroy all enemy ships and unsurprisingly Hopper finally grows up.
Filled with a mix of Transformers and Star Trek-like action, the film does not disappoint when it gets to the point. Romance-drama free, elegantly aided by Liam Neeson’s superior talent as Admiral Shane, and created with actual nautical savvy from real Navy sailors, the film stays pretty realistic to ship battles, all the while breathing a true and honorable warrior spirit.