is a sci-fi action film released in the summer of 2012, directed by Peter Berg and starring Liam Neeson
, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, and Rihanna
, very loosely based
on the board game Battleship
. Yes, the one with red and white pegs and a grid and "you sunk my battleship!"
The movie opens with Alex Hopper (Kitsch), a drunk, unemployed loser. He's dragged into the navy by his straightlaced brother
, Stone (Skarsgård) in the hopes that it will give him some direction in life. Five years later, Alex is a junior officer, with plans to ask the Admiral for his daughter's hand. Unfortunately, the Admiral (Neeson) dislikes Alex both as an officer and a gentleman
, and he intends to have Alex discharged by the end of the next voyage.
Said voyage is a huge, multi-national war game, off of the coast of Hawaii. Before the exercises have a chance to get underway, the fleet is interrupted by a bunch of alien objects crashing into the ocean. The objects reveal themselves to be a squadron of alien war machines. Their intentions aren't clear, but whatever they're planning, the aliens aren't here to play games