History Film / BattleLosAngeles

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* OutsideGenreFoe: zigzagged. While the aliens obviously have tricks that the human defenders aren't prepared for, they also use tactics and strategies that are similar enough to human ones to be analyzed. Their infantry, as mentioned repeatedly, is functionally the same as ours in terms of tactics, equipment and disposition; the Marines may not know ''what'' that giant thing is, but they know ThisIsGonnaSuck.
5th Mar '18 10:00:11 AM Kurush
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* ActionGirl: Tech Sergeant Santos.
--> '''Santos:''' All due respect, Staff Sergeant, I didn't get this far based on my good looks.
28th Jan '18 4:34:04 PM nombretomado
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* AnyoneCanDie: Not very many of the Marines make it out of Los Angeles. [[spoiler: None of the Army personnel that joined up make it out alive. [[MichelleRodriguez Tech Sergeant Santos]], the lone Airman, however, does.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Not very many of the Marines make it out of Los Angeles. [[spoiler: None of the Army personnel that joined up make it out alive. [[MichelleRodriguez [[Creator/MichelleRodriguez Tech Sergeant Santos]], the lone Airman, however, does.]]



* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Surprisingly, MichelleRodriguez lives through this one.]]

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* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Surprisingly, MichelleRodriguez Creator/MichelleRodriguez lives through this one.]]
29th Nov '17 3:48:34 PM TheIllusiveMonster
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* HeroicBSOD: A couple of the Marines, particularly LT Martinez, have these when the aliens bring their drones into the fray. [[ChainsOfCommanding Martinezís is compounded by his feeling of having failed his men]], though a private pep talk from [[SergeantRock Nantz]] snaps him out of it.

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* HeroicBSOD: A couple of the Marines, particularly LT Martinez, have these when the aliens bring their drones into the fray. [[ChainsOfCommanding [[TheChainsOfCommanding Martinezís is compounded by his feeling of having failed his men]], though a private pep talk from [[SergeantRock Nantz]] snaps him out of it.
8th Oct '17 9:03:07 PM YT45
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* RealMenCook: LCPL Stavrou, the hulking machine gunner from Newark, New Jersey (not known for being the friendliest neighborhood in America) is quite knowledgeable about floral arrangements.
3rd Oct '17 3:33:30 PM YT45
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* AttackItsWeakPoint: The aliens' only vulnerable point is some sort of water sac to the left of where the heart would be on a human. They can shrug off most anything else, headshots included. Grenades do the trick in a pinch.

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* AttackItsWeakPoint: The aliens' only vulnerable point obviously-vital organ is some sort of water sac to the left of where the heart would be on a human. They can shrug off most anything Nothing else, headshots included.included, is instantly fatal, and they will often shrug off bullet wounds, though they obviously feel pain. Grenades do the trick in a pinch.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sure, the tide seems to be turning against the aliens, but millions of people -- if not more -- are still dead worldwide, and numerous cities have been completely destroyed. And the Los Angeles command ship may have been destroyed, but there's one in every major coastal city and there's no word on the two attacking the East Coast, or the rest of the world. The humans have won the battle, not the war. Not to mention that the aliens will defend their centers even more viciously.]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: The invaders look humanoid, but they have cretaceous forms, and their bodies seem to be held up and shaped by some form of cybernetic endoskeleton, with weird turbines. They have no real brain as humans understand them (the head area seems to contain no vital organs) and the only way to kill them beyond using massive force to blow them apart is to target a orb-like organ/machine part located to the immediate left of where the heart would be on a human.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sure, the tide seems to be turning against the aliens, but millions of people -- if not more -- are still dead worldwide, and numerous cities have been completely destroyed. And the Los Angeles command ship may have been destroyed, but there's one more in every other major coastal city cities where the invaders are establishing beachheads and there's no word on the two attacking the East Coast, or the rest of the world. The humans have won the battle, not the war. Not to mention that the aliens will defend their centers even more viciously.]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: The invaders look vaguely humanoid, but they have cretaceous cetaceous forms, and their bodies seem to be held up and shaped by some form of cybernetic endoskeleton, with weird turbines. turbines and other implants. They have no real brain as humans understand them (the head area seems to contain no vital organs) and the only way to quickly kill them beyond using massive force to blow them apart is to target a orb-like organ/machine part located to the immediate left of where the heart would be on a human.



* BottomlessMagazines: Averted -- the chaingun is explicitly stated to only have 250 rounds before they even use it, and one of the soldiers mentions being low on ammo. The humans also frequently have to throw magazines to each other. Unlike the aliens, the humans avoid MoreDakka.

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* BottomlessMagazines: Averted -- the chaingun is explicitly stated to only have 250 rounds before they even use it, and one of the soldiers Marines mentions being low on ammo. The humans also frequently have to throw magazines to each other. Unlike the aliens, the humans avoid MoreDakka.



** The aliens do it effectively during a battle on a freeway, sending rockets to make cars smash some unfortunate Marines.

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** The aliens do it effectively during a battle on a freeway, sending rockets to make cars smash some unfortunate Marines.Marines and National Guard soldiers.



* CurbStompBattle: The initial alien attack only becomes a curb stomp once the {{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.]] 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 {{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.]] 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 miles/kilometers inland from the coastline.



* DeathFromAbove: The USAF's original plan to stop the invasion; keep the aliens contained on the Santa Monica shoreline and carpet bomb them. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

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* DeathFromAbove: The USAF's original plan to stop the invasion; keep the aliens contained on the Santa Monica shoreline and carpet bomb them. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.work, and the air strike never happens. Whether the B-52s were shot down or if the Air Force chose not to risk them in the face of the aliensí air superiority is momentarily speculated upon.]]



* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: A less typical example, where a couple of Marines are shown partying, getting way too drunk and otherwise playing the trope straight, others are picking out flowers for their wedding, trying to retire with some dignity, or having a quiet goodbye with a loved one at their grave.

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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: A less typical example, where a couple of Marines are shown partying, getting way too drunk and otherwise playing the trope straight, others are picking out flowers for their wedding, trying to retire with some dignity, or having a quiet goodbye with a loved one at their grave. Even the undeveloped ones have nicknames and background banter that keep them from being too flat.



* EnsignNewbie: Lieutenant Martinez has just graduated from Officer Training. In his first engagement he freezes up, unable to act, and when the casevac helicopter is shot down he goes into a HeroicBSOD. It isn't until Nantz delivers a sharp, confidence-boosting lecture to him that he shapes up. By the time of the highway battle, he's confidently giving orders and deploying his men.

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* EnsignNewbie: Second Lieutenant Martinez has just graduated from Officer Training.Training, but is a smart leader who has his platoonís respect. In his first engagement he freezes up, unable to act, and when the casevac helicopter is shot down he goes into a HeroicBSOD. It isn't until Nantz Nantz, who has no shortage of combat experience, delivers a sharp, confidence-boosting lecture to him away from the others that he shapes up. By the time of the highway battle, he's confidently giving orders and deploying his men.



* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: While not a reproductive example, Elena Santos gets a faceful of alien guts -- even in her mouth, causing the Marine riding shotgun to joke, "You let him do you on a first date."

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* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: While not a reproductive example, T/SGT Elena Santos gets a faceful of alien guts -- even in her mouth, mouthófrom shooting one point-blank, causing the Marine riding shotgun to joke, "You let him do you on a first date."



* HeroicBSOD: A couple of the Marines, particularly Martinez, have these when the aliens bring their drones into the fray.

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* HeroicBSOD: A couple of the Marines, particularly LT Martinez, have these when the aliens bring their drones into the fray.fray. [[ChainsOfCommanding Martinezís is compounded by his feeling of having failed his men]], though a private pep talk from [[SergeantRock Nantz]] snaps him out of it.



** [[spoiler:Hector's father]] takes a bullet to the gut after picking up an M16 to kill an alien trying to surprise the Marines rappelling down a child to safety.

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** [[spoiler:Hector's father]] takes a bullet to the gut after picking up an [[spoiler: Motorolaís]] M16 to kill an alien trying to surprise the Marines rappelling down a child to safety.



** The Sea Knights fly down along the beach toward the FOB because artillery is being fired into the urban areas in Santa Monica. Helicopters in general are routed around areas where artillery is being fired to avoid being hit by airborne shells.
** Zigzagged with the plan to bomb Santa Monica: while it's based on real-life emergency plans in case of a West Coast invasion of LA, modern air theory and experiences from World War II, Vietnam and the first Gulf War have let to the conclusion that carpet bombing is inefficient and not cost-effective for the amount of effort and munitions expended (hence why the B-52, the USAF's premier carpet bombing platform, was rewired to carried precision guided munitions like the [=JDAM=]). On the other hand, the movie is ambiguous on ''what'' they're going to use; it could be a carpet-bombing or it could be simply very free use of regular munitions or even tactical nuclear strikes. All that's said is that the Air Force is going to bomb everything within Santa Monica to oblivion.

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** The CH-46 Sea Knights fly down along the beach toward the FOB because artillery is being fired into the urban areas in Santa Monica. Helicopters in general are routed around areas where artillery is being fired to avoid being hit by airborne shells.
shells. This also conveniently justifies a SceneryGorn scene as the Marines are flown in.
** Zigzagged with the plan to bomb Santa Monica: while it's based on real-life emergency plans in case of a West Coast invasion of LA, modern air theory and experiences from World War II, Vietnam and the first Gulf War have let led to the conclusion that carpet bombing is inefficient and not cost-effective for the amount of effort and munitions expended (hence why the B-52, the USAF's premier carpet bombing platform, was rewired to carried precision guided munitions like the [=JDAM=]).[=JDAM=], though itís still perfectly capable of carpet bombing if they feel like it). On the other hand, the movie is ambiguous on ''what'' they're going to use; it could be a carpet-bombing or it could be simply very free use of regular munitions or even tactical nuclear strikes. All that's said is that the Air Force is going to bomb everything within Santa Monica to oblivion.



** An inversion occurs at the start of the movie: the military is shown responding ''too'' quickly to the invasion, though there are some implications of forewarning. In most movies, the military doesn't respond fast enough, but in this case entire Army and Marine divisions are mobilized in a matter of hours. Possibly justified, since Southern California is stacked with military bases.
* HopeSpot: In the middle of the highway battle, Lockett takes control of a .50 caliber machinegun in an abandoned Humvee and uses that to blow up the alien troops on the upper highway that have been shooting up the rest of the squad. Enemy fire drops off, and the Marines start cheering. Then the WalkingTank shows up.
* HoverTank: One makes a brief appearance in the end before getting blown up.
* HumanoidAliens: Despite the major physiological differences between the alien invaders and humans (see StarfishAliens, below), their body plans are still basically human-like, with two arms, two legs, an upright torso, a chest with a heart in it, and a head on top where the ranged sensory organs are located. The fact that Sergeant Nantz could say that their AchillesHeel is "to the left of where the heart would be" says as much about their general similarities to us than their specific differences.

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** An inversion occurs at the start of the movie: the military is shown responding ''too'' quickly to the invasion, though there are some implications of forewarning. In most movies, the military doesn't respond fast enough, but in this case entire Army and Marine divisions are mobilized in a matter of hours. Possibly justified, since Southern California is stacked with military bases.
bases, and the Army personnel are identified as 40th Infantry Division, which is the California National Guard.
* HopeSpot: In the middle of the highway battle, Lockett takes control of a .50 caliber machinegun in an abandoned Humvee and uses that to blow up the alien troops on the upper highway that have been shooting up the rest of the squad.platoon. Enemy fire drops off, and the Marines start cheering. Then the WalkingTank shows up.
* HoverTank: One makes a brief appearance in the end before getting blown up.
up. Since it appears to mount only antipersonnel weapons, itís probably more of a Hover Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
* HumanoidAliens: Despite the major physiological differences between the alien invaders and humans (see StarfishAliens, below), their body plans are still basically human-like, with two arms, two legs, an upright torso, a chest with a heart ([[BizarreAlienBiology or something important, at least]]) in it, and a head on top where the ranged sensory organs are located. The fact that Sergeant Nantz could say that their AchillesHeel is "to the left of where the heart would be" says as much about their general similarities to us than their specific differences.



* KeystoneArmy: The alien drone ships [[spoiler: are all controlled by a single Command and Control Center. Once Nantz and his surviving squad take it out with guided cruise missiles, all of the drones shut down and fall from the sky, giving the Americans control of the air once again.]]

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* KeystoneArmy: The alien drone ships [[spoiler: are all controlled by a single Command and Control Center. Once Nantz and his surviving squad take it out with guided cruise missiles, all of the drones shut down and fall from the sky, giving the Americans control of the air once again.again, and presumably reducing the invadersí ability to coordinate ground forces as well.]]



** A somewhat more chilling example, but during the first ambush by the aliens, one of the downed Marines gets dragged off alive and screaming by the aliens. Later in the film, they come across an alien badly hurt, but still alive, and decide they need to know what their anatomy and weaknesses are, so they begin slicing into it and cutting it apart until it dies. The implication is that the aliens were doing ''exactly'' the same thing with humans.

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** A somewhat more chilling example, but during the first ambush by the aliens, one of the downed Marines gets dragged off alive and screaming by the aliens. Later in the film, they come across an alien badly hurt, but still alive, and decide (with good reason) they need to know what their anatomy and weaknesses are, so they begin slicing into it and cutting it apart until it dies. The implication is that the aliens were doing ''exactly'' the same thing with humans.



* 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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* 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, all while it weakly writhes in obvious agony]]. 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 not trying to torture it, but rather trying to learn how to kill the alien efficiently without torturing him first; efficiently; it just takes him a while to figure exactly out how to do that, exactly]].as the aliensí anatomy is unlike anything ever seen on Earth]].



** The first alien soldier to be successfully shot down rises back up a minute or two later, only to be shot down by the whole squad ''again'' and a grenade dumped on it just to be sure. It is lampshaded by a delirious Lenihan.

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** The first alien soldier to be successfully shot down rises back up a minute or two later, only to be shot down by the whole squad ''again'' and a grenade dumped on it just to be sure. It is lampshaded by a panicked and nearly delirious Lenihan.



* SergeantRock: Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz.

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* SergeantRock: Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz. A veteran NCO with twenty years in the Corps and multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt, he is firm, decisive, and courageous in combat, and knows when to yell at someone and when to build them back up. When LT Martinez slips into a HeroicBSOD, Nantz not only snaps him out of it, but is careful to do so away from the men to avoid undermining Martinez.



* StarfishAliens: The aliens have a very curious biology, with the majority of their vitals concentrated at an unusual part of their body (right of where their heart would be located) and make heavy use of cybernetics. The odd biology makes it difficult for the Marines to hurt them until they figure out where to shoot.\\\
If one looks closely at the wounded alien that is being "dissected", one can see that one of its legs is clearly damaged, and a long, rope-like tendril is extending from the creature's body. The same leg is missing the metallic/ceramic "skeleton" structures that the aliens' bio matter seems to be wrapped around, indicating that the aliens' limbs may be far longer than we're led to believe, and their bodies are held in a humanoid shape by all the machinery so they can effectively fight on land. "Doc" also digs around in the "head" area of the alien, and finds that there's nothing in there even vaguely resembling a brain; at one point Nantz even shoots the same alien in the "head" area and it has no visible effect on the creature.

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* StarfishAliens: The aliens have a very curious biology, with the majority of their vitals concentrated at an unusual part of their body (right of where their heart would be located) and make heavy use of cybernetics. The odd biology makes it difficult for the Marines to hurt kill them effectively until they figure out where to shoot.\\\
If one looks closely at the wounded alien that is being "dissected", one can see that one of its legs is clearly damaged, and a long, rope-like tendril is extending from the creature's body. The same leg is missing the metallic/ceramic "skeleton" structures that the aliens' bio matter seems to be wrapped around, indicating that the aliens' limbs may be far longer than we're led to believe, and their bodies are held in a humanoid shape by all the machinery so they can effectively fight on land. "Doc" also digs around in the "head" area of the alien, and finds that there's nothing in there even vaguely resembling a brain; brain as we understand it; at one point Nantz even shoots the same alien in the "head" area and it has no visible effect on the creature.
5th Sep '17 5:00:24 PM Peteman
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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.

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* WouldNotShootACivilian: Brutally subverted 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.
8th Jul '17 3:06:30 PM Universalist
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31st May '17 8:13:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Meteors rain into the ocean a couple of miles off of major coastal cities -- one being Los Angeles. Within minutes an alien army marches out of the surf. The suntanning populace on the beach is shredded as the aliens march into the city proper. With the arrival of their aircraft, the aliens quickly establish ground- and air-superiority.

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Meteors rain into the ocean a couple of miles off of major coastal cities -- one being Los Angeles.UsefulNOtes/LosAngeles. Within minutes an alien army marches out of the surf. The suntanning populace on the beach is shredded as the aliens march into the city proper. With the arrival of their aircraft, the aliens quickly establish ground- and air-superiority.
17th May '17 6:01:11 AM JamesAustin
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-->''"There are massive casualties in New York, defensive lines are being setup in Boston, and at 13:15 Zulu Time we lost communications with San Francisco and San Diego, their status is unknown. What we do know is that we are the last offensive force on the west coast. We can'' '''not''' ''lose Los Angeles."'''

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-->''"There ->''"There are massive casualties in New York, defensive lines are being setup in Boston, and at 13:15 Zulu Time we lost communications with San Francisco and San Diego, their status is unknown. What we do know is that we are the last offensive force on the west coast. We can'' '''not''' ''lose Los Angeles."'''



!!''Battle Los Angeles'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!''Battle !!''Battle: Los Angeles'' provides examples of the following tropes:
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