Okay, Peter Berg just might pull this whole board-game-movie thing off. The second trailer for Hasbro's naval warfare invasion flick goes for a stunning air, land and sea assault of colossal spaceships, cool cyborg soldiers and an insane arsenal of stuff that goes BOOM.
A hurricane of speculation has surrounded this project since its inception, and for good reason. How could a simple hide-and-seek geometry game you play on boring camping vacations while swatting away meat bees have any chance at a narrative adaptation to film?
The result may be a stitched-together fusion of equal parts Armageddon, Independence Day, Transformers and Battle: Los Angeles, but Berg and his team seem to have a confident ace up their sleeves with what may end up being a decent popcorn pageant of destruction.
Have our expectations in the genre really sunk so low? (Don't answer that). Have a look ...
Yes, an alien armada force field, star-crossed lovers, toppling skyscrapers and razor-tailed attack drones destroying military bases all seem painfully familiar and do bring to mind the more unmemorable moments of recent sci-fi fiascos, but let's be optimistic. The broad, candy-colored canvas and deja-vu feel could give Universal's $200 million tentpole a steady foothold with its spring opening. (Or it could sink to an early, watery grave.) Anchors aweigh, and save us a lifeboat seat just in case.
Launching May 18, 2012, Battleship stars Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna.
Does the trailer make you seasick or set to sail its cinematic seas?