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Battleship

Yes, the movie. I watched it last night. Quite surprisingly, not only was it not awful, it was actually really fun.

Yes, formulaic as hell. Yes, implausible as hell, and I'm not talking about the part where we're invaded by aliens who look like someone crossed Mark "The Undertaker" Calaway with a porcupine. And yes, the references to the board game are obvious and a little ham-handed.

But . . . the performances are actually really good (especially from Col. Gregory D. Gadson, US Army, as Lt. Col. Mick Canales), the story is engaging, and the ways in which they use the game elements are actually very clever. That being said, I would have preferred that this movie had not had the game tie-in, because I believe it was the game tie-in that prevented it from being looked at objectively by critics and movie-goers. I know I rolled my eyes at the idea of a movie based on Battleship, and I think that initial "you've got to be kidding me" response is what did the movie in. On its own merits, it's quite enjoyable. I give it a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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