I feel the need to start this post by directing all of the youngsters out there who’ve never heard of, much less played, the game Battleship, to this commercial. Go ahead, watch it. It’s important. I’ll wait.
Back? OK. So… as you saw from that classic clip, Battleship set two players against each other in a race to guess where each other’s pieces were on the board. Once someone had successfully “hit” all of the pegs in a given piece, the loser on the receiving end of the faux-fireplay would pronounce, “You sank my battleship!” Oh how I loved this game. This very simple, very alien-free game.
And with that, I present the first trailer for the Battleship film adaptation:
“Prepare to fire!”
“Sir, which weapons?”
“All of ‘em.”
Ha! OK, despite my wariness about what looks like it could be Transformers: Takin’ It to the Sea, I have to admit that I liked that line. I think the studio’s marketing team was wise to load a lot of Liam Neeson into the trailer in order to give it a bit more credibility. Because the two other actors—Friday Night Light‘s Taylor Kitsch and True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgârd—are pretty much unknowns to people like me who don’t watch much TV, and therefore I was getting kind of a B-movie vibe from them. Supposedly the singer Rihanna makes her first big-screen appearance in the film as well, but she was nowhere to be seen in the clips—I watched it twice to be sure. (For the record, I usually consider it to be a huge red flag when a movie features “the acting debut of famous singer/rapper So-and-So.”)
I don’t really know what to think about Battleship. I reread this piece Locke wrote over two years ago in which he stated (at the very end of the post) that director Peter Berg has shown some promise in his past films, which reminded me that I did in fact enjoy Berg’s Friday Night Lights and Hancock. But in 2009 when my esteemed co-blogger seemed hopeful about the game adaptation, he didn’t know that Berg wasn’t going to be helming sea-battle film, but rather an alien-attack flick. I wonder if that changes his mind about the prospects of success for Battleship?
What do the rest of you think? (And if nothing else, did all this Battleship talk inspire those of you who were around in the ’80s to go dig out the game from the depths of your basement?)
Redbox movies from the cast of Battleship: