by Neil Genzlinger, New York Times 17 May 2012

You would think that after intercepting broadcasts of science-fiction movies for decades, extraterrestrials would know that if they want to conquer us Earthlings they need to take out our lovably rebellious rogues and our unexpectedly heroic nerds.

Certainly the makers of "Battleship," a cacophonous new special-effects extravaganza inspired (sort of) by a game youngsters once played with pencils and graph paper, have studied those old movies. You can tell because they seem to have borrowed rather a lot from them.

"Battleship," the latest filmmaking project of the Hasbro toy company, has a plot as unambitious as a macaroni dinner, familiar and easy to eat and not particularly nutritious. It is likely to remind you variously of "Independence Day," "Armageddon," "War of the Worlds" and assorted other space-based yarns. Which of course means there’s never much doubt about how it will end. . . .

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