I'm not sure what to say about the Battleships trailer. Part of me is impressed that they've built so much around the no-story game which was just a naval battle of equally matched ships, part of me is disappointed that with so much scope this is the trailer we get, and another part of me is looking at it thinking this is another Transformers film.
I'm really not sure what to think and we'll really need more footage to be able to make a judgement, but the question to the commander about which guns to fire and his response of "all of them" does tell us the direction this is heading.
Battleship is the film adapted from the game, and is the biggest of the game adaptations, be they video or not, from games that have absolutely no story what so ever and are relying purely on the marketing of the title.
This one is taken from the board game Battleships, which I'm sure you remember, two players each with a board to place their ships on a grid and another board to chart where they've made their shots. The idea is to take turns to shoot the other fleet out of the water, very civilised.
This is quite a departure. We have a Battleship and its fleet investigating a strange object which, when activated, creates a massive protective barrier around them and suddenly comes to life as a rather large alien vessel, a very unfriendly one too. Isn't this Space Invaders?
Anyway, here's the official blurb:
Peter Berg produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro's classic naval combat game, "Battleship" stars Taylor Kitsch as Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper's older brother, Commanding Officer Stone of the USS Samson; Rihanna as Lt. Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane.
The good thing is that there's a strong cast including Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgård and it's directed by Peter Berg, so it will look good, but right now this trailer makes me think of Transformers at sea.
You can see the trailer right here or over at Yahoo Movies:
So what do you get from that?