History Film / BattleLosAngeles

26th Jun '16 3:06:37 AM gewunomox
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Not to be confused with the RageAgainstTheMachine album '''''The''' Battle '''of''' Los Angeles'', nor with the similarly-titled DirectToVideo ''[[TheMockbuster Battle of Los Angeles]]'' released the same year. However, both films are inspired by the real-life Battle of Los Angeles.

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Not to be confused with the RageAgainstTheMachine Music/RageAgainstTheMachine album '''''The''' Battle '''of''' Los Angeles'', nor with the similarly-titled DirectToVideo ''[[TheMockbuster Battle of Los Angeles]]'' released the same year. However, both films are inspired by the real-life Battle of Los Angeles.
15th Mar '16 7:00:11 PM bombadil211
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* ShakyCam: The camera is constantly moving and audiences were reportedly getting nauseous because of it. The filmmakers were fully aware that this might happen and refused to do a [=3D=] conversion because the additional effect would have probably caused people to vomit.
28th Jan '16 2:56:06 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* [[ItsRainingMen It's Raining Aliens]]: The aliens and their equipment land just offshore after an atmospheric insertion in giant asteroid-like ships.

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* [[ItsRainingMen It's Raining Aliens]]: ItsRainingMen: The aliens and their equipment land just offshore after an atmospheric insertion in giant asteroid-like ships.
22nd Jan '16 1:24:32 PM iluvcapra
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** In the first neighborhood ambush, the camera wildly pans over the rooftops and for a few frames the spire of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_State_Capitol Louisiana State Capitol]] is visible in the background. It's art deco style is relatively consistent with several west LA buildings, though.
25th Sep '15 3:42:06 PM HighCrate
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* GlassCannon[=/=]FragileSpeedster: The Drones are easily taken out, but the tie-in website states they can go Mach 7 -- far faster than human jets -- and they pack a punch. They can join up to form some sort of hovering weapons platform, which makes them a bit less vulnerable.

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* GlassCannon[=/=]FragileSpeedster: * FragileSpeedster: The Drones are easily taken out, but the tie-in website states they can go Mach 7 -- 7, far faster than human jets -- and jets.
* GlassCannon: The Drones are easily taken out, but
they pack a punch. They can join up to form some sort of hovering weapons platform, which makes them a bit less vulnerable.
23rd Aug '15 8:38:17 PM theLibrarian
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* WouldNotShootACivilian: Brutally subverted in the case of the aliens, who open fire on a beach crowded with people and proceed to shoot indiscriminately at everything they see. Civilian bodies are often seen in various areas.
7th Jun '15 8:53:27 PM Angeldeb82
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* BayonetYa: At one point, the protagonists fight the aliens hand-to-hand with bayonets mounted on their rifles. Which is to say they stab multiple bayonets into one alien, then fire full auto. Then kick it. [[TheresNoKillLikeOverKill Then shoot it some more.]]

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* BayonetYa: At one point, the protagonists fight the aliens hand-to-hand with bayonets mounted on their rifles. Which is to say they stab multiple bayonets into one alien, then fire full auto. Then kick it. [[TheresNoKillLikeOverKill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Then shoot it some more.]]



* BookEnds: The overhead shot early in the movie overlooking Los Angeles [[spoiler: before LA gets pummeled to the ground]] is reshot in the end [[spoiler:when marine reinforcements fly in a battle-torn LA ready to retake the city.]]

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* BookEnds: The overhead shot early in the movie overlooking Los Angeles [[spoiler: before LA gets pummeled to the ground]] is reshot in the end [[spoiler:when marine reinforcements fly in a battle-torn LA ready to retake the city.]]city]].



-->"In the words of our production designer, 'A palm tree and a telephone pole go a long way'"

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-->"In the words of our production designer, 'A palm tree and a telephone pole go a long way'"way.'"



* CurbStompBattle: The initial alien attack only becomes a curb stomp once the [[AttackDrone Attack Drones]] show up and steal air superiority from the humans. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, after Nantz's team takes out the drone control center, the Battle in Los Angeles turns in humanity's favor]]. It's also implied that LA is one of the few areas on the planet that humanity is actually holding out against the invaders, as the aliens are shown to have taken control of several other cities around the globe, including ''Paris'', which is a couple of hundred kilometers inland from the coastline.

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* CurbStompBattle: The initial alien attack only becomes a curb stomp once the [[AttackDrone Attack Drones]] {{Attack Drone}}s show up and steal air superiority from the humans. [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, after Nantz's team takes out the drone control center, the Battle in Los Angeles turns in humanity's favor]]. favor.]] It's also implied that LA is one of the few areas on the planet that humanity is actually holding out against the invaders, as the aliens are shown to have taken control of several other cities around the globe, including ''Paris'', which is a couple of hundred kilometers inland from the coastline.



* GovernmentConspiracy: Hinted at. The tie-in website and trailers indicate that the government has ''some'' prior knowledge dating all the way back from UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo (though far too little) about the aliens. [[spoiler:Tech Sergeant Santos' original mission to find an enemy C&C asset and knowledge of the alien drones is another indicator.]]
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: [[ZigZaggingTrope ZigZagged]] when the Marines stab a captured alien in an attempt to find out what their [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point]] is. It has a [[BizarreAlienBiology vital organ]] that looks like some sort of water sac in the upper left of its chest. Exactly the same place as where a human's heart isn't.

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* GovernmentConspiracy: Hinted at. The tie-in website and trailers indicate that the government has ''some'' prior knowledge dating all the way back from UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (though far too little) about the aliens. [[spoiler:Tech Sergeant Santos' original mission to find an enemy C&C asset and knowledge of the alien drones is another indicator.]]
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: [[ZigZaggingTrope ZigZagged]] Zig-Zagged]] when the Marines stab a captured alien in an attempt to find out what their [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point]] is. It has a [[BizarreAlienBiology vital organ]] that looks like some sort of water sac in the upper left of its chest. Exactly the same place as where a human's heart isn't.



** Notably, the alien soldiers also act like, well, soldiers, and use tactics as well, such as [[HandSignals hand signals]]. The aliens also appear to take out all human anti-aircraft weapons, since none of the ones firing at the beginning of the invasion are firing on the drones.

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** Notably, the alien soldiers also act like, well, soldiers, and use tactics as well, such as [[HandSignals hand signals]].HandSignals. The aliens also appear to take out all human anti-aircraft weapons, since none of the ones firing at the beginning of the invasion are firing on the drones.



* ImprovisedWeapon: Lacking in any real anti-air capability, Nantz has to take out an alien drone by [[spoiler:luring it to a gas station by a walkie-talkie and blowing it up, taking the drone with it.]]

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* ImprovisedWeapon: Lacking in any real anti-air capability, Nantz has to take out an alien drone by [[spoiler:luring it to a gas station by a walkie-talkie and blowing it up, taking the drone with it.]]it]].



* TheLoad: The civilians that the Marines are sent in to evacuate. Unlike most examples, they generally avoid getting in the way, and the two adults try to help as best they can. One of them is a veterinarian and helps dissect the wounded alien in the police station, and the other helps in combat by dragging the wounded to safety, at one point [[spoiler:picking up a dropped assault rifle and shooting one of the aliens.]]

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* TheLoad: The civilians that the Marines are sent in to evacuate. Unlike most examples, they generally avoid getting in the way, and the two adults try to help as best they can. One of them is a veterinarian and helps dissect the wounded alien in the police station, and the other helps in combat by dragging the wounded to safety, at one point [[spoiler:picking up a dropped assault rifle and shooting one of the aliens.]]aliens]].



* NotQuiteDead: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], then aggressively [[DefiedTrope defied.]] Lenihan puts half a magazine into an alien, causing it to fall into a pool and out of sight. He doesn't drop his guard, and fires at a slight movement in the water. The rest of the team arrives and the alien springs back up, taking a barrage of bullets for its efforts. Without missing a beat, Nantz orders a [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill grenade dropped in the pool.]]
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: The sequence where Nantz [[spoiler:stabs, cuts, and tears at a still-living alien to figure out where to hit it to kill it.]] Unlike most such scenes, there's no accompanying moral commentary on the action; the viewer is left to decide themselves between whether or not Nantz's are cruel or justified. It's an interesting case, given that [[spoiler:Nantz actually is trying to kill the alien efficiently without torturing him first; it just takes him a while to figure out how to do that, exactly.]]

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* NotQuiteDead: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], then aggressively [[DefiedTrope defied.]] {{defied|Trope}}. Lenihan puts half a magazine into an alien, causing it to fall into a pool and out of sight. He doesn't drop his guard, and fires at a slight movement in the water. The rest of the team arrives and the alien springs back up, taking a barrage of bullets for its efforts. Without missing a beat, Nantz orders a [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill grenade dropped in the pool.]]
pool]].
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: The sequence where Nantz [[spoiler:stabs, cuts, and tears at a still-living alien to figure out where to hit it to kill it.]] it]]. Unlike most such scenes, there's no accompanying moral commentary on the action; the viewer is left to decide themselves between whether or not Nantz's are cruel or justified. It's an interesting case, given that [[spoiler:Nantz actually is trying to kill the alien efficiently without torturing him first; it just takes him a while to figure out how to do that, exactly.]]exactly]].



* RecycledInSpace: It's ''Film/BlackHawkDown''... with ALIENS!

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* RecycledInSpace: RecycledINSPACE: It's ''Film/BlackHawkDown''... with ALIENS!



* SergeantRock: Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz

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* SergeantRock: Staff Sergeant Michael NantzNantz.



* WalkingTank: The aliens have a 7-foot tall walking gun that fires missiles, piloted by one alien behind it.[[MacrossMissileMassacre A lot of missiles.]] In clusters. Things explode. A lot.

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* WalkingTank: The aliens have a 7-foot tall walking gun that fires missiles, piloted by one alien behind it. [[MacrossMissileMassacre A lot of missiles.]] In clusters. Things explode. A lot.
20th Apr '15 10:25:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* YanksWithTanks: It's a war movie taking place in Los Angeles. You didn't think it'd star BritsWithBattleships, did you?
** Literally, when the Marines run into a friendly tank platoon. [[spoiler: The platoon accompanying it gets massacred, and the Abrams is disabled soon afterwards.]]
** They're trying to avert it by stretching the title to "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles" for the international market.
** Also notable for featuring every branch of the US Armed Forces; even the UsefulNotes/CoastGuard makes an appearance, however briefly.

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* YanksWithTanks: It's a war movie taking place in Los Angeles. You didn't think it'd star BritsWithBattleships, did you?
** Literally, when the Marines run into a friendly tank platoon. [[spoiler: The platoon accompanying it gets massacred, and the Abrams is disabled soon afterwards.]]
** They're trying to avert it by stretching the title to "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles" for the international market.
** Also notable for featuring every branch of the US Armed Forces; even the UsefulNotes/CoastGuard makes an appearance, however briefly.
4th Apr '15 1:38:57 PM rjung
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* AliensAreBastards: The aliens open fire on everything -- civilian or otherwise -- and are speculated to be here to [[PlanetLooters steal our water]].

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* AliensAreBastards: The aliens open fire on everything -- civilian or otherwise -- and are speculated to be here to [[PlanetLooters [[MarsNeedsWater steal our water]].
4th Apr '15 1:38:25 PM rjung
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* MarsNeedsWater: The alien invaders are sucking up the oceans.
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