Just by watching its trailer, it looks like Michael Bay directed or produced this movie. It shares the same dark and cold-steel feel like the Transformers. Apparently, I was wrong. It was directed and produced by some dude named Peter Berg. But this dude got what it takes to take on Michael Bay's Transformers. I even think it outperformed Transformers in terms of the movie's special effects.
Of course, Michael Bay can be considered as one of the heavyweights when it comes to making literally explosive movies. In my own honest opinion, Peter Burg slapped Bay's face with this movie. The movie's explosiveness is understandable. You get to see what's going on and who's killing who. Transformers was a straight-up definition of chaos. It was all about slapping metal to metal. It's safe to say that even the most loyal Transformer fan had a hard time figuring out whether it's the head of an Autobot that's getting pounded, or its ass. It was a total wreckage.
Treat this movie differently. The fight / war scenes are straightforward. Superior officers give orders to fire at the enemy, some dudes report damage statuses, some dudes scan the radar for enemies, some are on the communications hub of the ship, etc. Watching it really makes you feel that you're inside the ship. Witnessing what's going on and how chaotic it could be inside the bridge. Heck, it even made me think of joining the U.S. Navy (teehee).
The movie mainly revolves around this easy-go-lucky guy that has the potential to become a great Navy officer. But since he thinks of life differently, he just does what he wants to. He got his ass trapped in the Navy because his brother wants to discipline him. And add to the movie fact that he's also in love with Liam Neeson's (The Admiral) daughter. Looks like a win-win situation for me. You get to be more disciplined in the Navy, make your brother happy, and win your girl's heart more by sharing the passion of your girl's father. How about that? All aboard
I'm really really tempted right now to narrate the story but that would just make me a movie troll. So I'll stick to the basics. If you've watched Battle: Los Angeles, then expect the same thing here. The only difference is that this mainly revolves around sea battles (duh). That's it. Nothing too special about it. But I really like it more than Transformers. Now you're probably like, "WTH? Transformers is such a great movie!". Well, yeah, it is a great movie. What made me like this movie better than Transformers is that the good guys didn't need any extraterrestrial help. They all relied on their training, instinct, and trust. Or in the Navy's terms: 50 cal. sniper rifles, M4 assault rifles, on-deck anti-air machine guns, Gatling defense guns, and larger than life cannons. Oh, and don't forget the Naval old geezers. They played a huge role in this movie -- which is kind of funny when you see it with your own eyes. Boy, when you see them in action, you'll probably laugh a lot. I mean A LOT. They're kind of like the ones who actually saved the day.
Another thing that urged me to watch this movie is because Liam Neeson is in it. You know how awesome the dude is. He saved 30,000 Jews, trained Obi-Wan Kenobi, trained Batman, recovered her daughter from the hands of pedophiles, and led the A team. He was also the God of Narnia, and even became the Great Zeus himself. Now any of you guys still wanna mess with him?
To sum it all up, I think it's a great movie. But critics' hated it on Rotten Tomatoes. Well, they don't know what they're talking about. This is a great movie folks. If you want to see one of the coolest fight scenes ever made, then go watch this one.
By the way, some parts of the movie are funny too. Trust me on this one, most of the characters' lines will tickle your funny bone.
Still, being part of the U.S. Navy is not a bad idea at all. I guess I could be one in my dreams. With all those aliens and stuff. Man, I wanna dream of that movie with me in it!
Tip: If you guys do plan on watching this movie, wait for the credits roll to end.
Or if you've already watched the movie and missed it, you can check the end credits scene here.