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"BATTLESHIP"
(2012) (Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi/Action: Navy personnel and others must battle aliens during an extraterrestrial attack and prevent them from signaling for reinforcements.
PLOT:
After a troubled past, Alex Hopper (TAYLOR KITSCH) has mostly turned his life around and now serves as a lieutenant and Tactical Action Officer onboard the U.S. Navy's USS John Paul Jones, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Commander Stone Hopper (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD), who's the Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson. Both are stationed in Hawaii and are about to partake in the RIMPAC naval exercises held offshore under the watchful eye of Admiral Shane (LIAM NEESON).

But Alex can't let go of his rivalry with Captain Nagata (TADANOBU ASANO) -- Commanding Officer of the Myoko who's also present with his crew for the exercises -- and the resultant fight means he's going to be kicked out of the Navy upon their return to land. He can't bring himself to break that news to his girlfriend, Samantha (BROOKLYN DECKER), a physical therapist who works with the likes of double amputee Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales (GREGORY D. GADSON). That's especially true since Alex was supposed to ask her father -- Admiral Shane -- for her hand in marriage, but that seems in question now.

As does the future of Earth. And that's because unknown to them, scientists including Cal Zapata (HAMISH LINKLATER) had previously sent a signal deep into space to an Earth-like planet in hopes of making contact. It did, but the extraterrestrials that have arrived are not doing so on friendly terms. After landing in the Pacific Ocean, they create an immense and impenetrable force field around their ships, with most of the U.S. and Japanese naval forces stuck on the outside. But a few ended up on the inside, including ships holding Alex and Captain Nagata.

After Alex, Petty Officer Cora Raikes (RHIANNA) and Chief Petty Officer Walter Lynch (JOHN TUI) make an expedition to one of the partially submerged ships, they accidentally activate a number of large crafts that can partially fly and skip across the sea. When the U.S. and Japanese forces open fire, that has calamitous results for their ships and crews. From that point on, Alex, Captain Nagata and others try to figure out how to battle them, while Samantha, Mick and Cal hope to stop the alien invaders from sending a signal back to their planet for reinforcements.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many will, especially those into military and/or alien invader movies.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language.


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