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First Battleship Trailer Sinks Joy, Features Liam Neeson

So now there’s a Battleship trailer. For those who haven’t been keeping score at home, Peter Berg is working on a blockbuster adaptation of the classic Milton Bradley board game with a plot involving attempts to repel an alien invasion. If you’re wondering what that has to do with Battleship … it doesn’t. That’s the whole shtick here.

The trailer is remarkable for being both completely appropriate and utterly pointless. Lots of stage-setting for our heroes followed by a few big action moments and brief glimpses of the movie’s requisite veteran actor, the admittedly awesome Liam Neeson in this case. Berg does fine work and there are some other talents at work here, but still … Battleship? Do we really have to be talking about this?

The Universal Pictures film, which opens May 18, 2012, also stars Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Josh Pence, Jesse Plemons and Peter MacNicol.


  • Russ Carr

    It’d be even better if the aliens’ projectiles turned red when they hit something, or white if they didn’t…

  • caanan

    This video is from Funny or Die, right? Right??

  • kalorama

    “The trailer is remarkable for being both completely appropriate and utterly pointless.”

    Which in no way distinguishes it all from 99.9% of all big budget summer action movies.

  • Wildstorm

    Would only be better if they were ZOMBIE aliens

  • Jacob

    What the hell is this? I have no idea. But… it actually looks like a lot of fun.

  • Cjorg2

    This is a great example of screenplay written by computer “writing” program.  Like a screenwriter’s version of Auto-tune.

    1  Angry father in a high-powered position in the military.
    2. Rebelious young guy, who is rebelious because something bad has happened to him as a child – his father, also in the military and likely Liam Neeson’s best friend died in battle, and instead of emulating him, he’s trying to fight destiny and not become him (’cause he loves him so damn much) Wasn’t this in Star Trek?
    3.  Sexy Babe – she’s sexy.  Her arse is the reason we’re doing this OK?!  Not worldwide freedom – that arse.  Just like Megan Fox.
    4.  Unlikely scenario of our main character making first contact, thus becoming an integral key component in defeating the aliens (why else would he have to touch the ship?) Likely scenarion – telepathic connection to the Aliens and a way to counterract their battle tactics.
    5.  Explosions.  Gratuitous shots of the USA Navy.  Slow motion pans.  Stereotypical military dudes acting in an entirely heterosexual manner.  One notable black guy.  One notable female in a position of authority in the Navy to show how progressive they are.

    Mix and bake in the cinema for 1.45 minutes.  Eat and forget 5 minutes after you’ve left.


  • Mjdiddy

    Waiting for Liam or Taylor to say, “You sank my battleship”

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure they could have done this movie without using the name battleship.

  • Dawnell_do

    This could be another dumb, but still fun movie just staring Liam Neeson.

  • J. Wichmann

    the only thing that would have made this better was if liam neesan shouted “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!”