Battle: Los Angeles trailer online
The trailer for Battle: Los Angeles has arrived online and it looks superb. There is a feeling of other Earth invasion trailers with the brief glimpses of aliens in the background and not too much of the ships, but I do like that feel to it. More than that is the depressing feeling of doom, something that comes through in the images and the music.
The film tells the story that we've seen visited many times before in film, the invasion of Earth by an agressive alien race. As battle rages across the planet cities and armies are falling, and in Los Angeles it seems that there's going to be a final stand made.
There's been a bit of controversy about the film when Colin and Greg Strause, who were working on the film as visual effects designers, directed Skyline covering similar territory. However it was all handbags and pram toys for studios are forever picking up similar projects and leaping on bandwagons, why can't two film-makers?
Anyway, this film comes from director Jonathan Liebesman who previously directed Darkness Falls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and The Killing Room, and writer Christopher Bertolini who also wrote The General's Daughter.
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.
Now then, the trailer. You can see it over at Apple Trailers and it's well worth watching in high definition, it looks great. One thing that really struck me is just how intense some of the battle scenes look and how hard humanity is being hit. I wonder if this is really going to pull us into the thick of it and feel the intensity of the destruction?
One interesting thing in the trailer is the portrayal of the aliens. We're going to see them arrive on foot at some point and not just leave it as an air invasion, and it looks like we won't see them wondering around in their actual form, well not until later. It seems as though they'll be using some form of exo-skeleton, here's a shot from the trailer:
It's not hidden in any way, so it's not a spoiler, and there's enough unknown about it all to keep the excitement up. Good marketing to release the trailer on the weekend of Skyline.