Universal Pictures

Battleship from 2012 was directed by Peter Berg, who is not without talent (he made The Rundown, The Kingdom, and Hancock, as well as Friday Night Lights).

It starred Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano, Alexander Skarsgård, and Liam Neeson. Filming took place in Hawaii and on USS Missouri.

In the film, a fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of extraterrestrial origin in order to thwart their destructive goals.

But while the setup of the film definitely enters Michael Bay territory, what’s appealing about “Battleship” is that, at least in spirit, it’s somewhat closer to the hard-edged action movies that resemble those by Tony Scott and others.

The effects are great and the film is stuffed with both eye and ear candy. Especially the ‘revenge scene’ with the decommissioned WWII battleship USS Missouri versus the big alien flag-ship.