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Trailer for 'Battle: Los Angeles' fires new salvo [video]

January 12, 2011 | 11:32 am

The latest trailer for Sony's "Battle: Los Angeles" probably won't strike you as the most original concept in the history of cinema. But for what's essentially "War of the Worlds: 2011 Edition," it's pretty appealing stuff. The early scenes of fiery explosions and earthly panic (with requisite close-up of tortured-but-heroic military man Aaron Eckhart) all land. And a later montage of melancholy depicting various scenes of destruction and rescue hits a surprisingly emotional note. The only problem: The end of the trailer seems to give away the climactic battle scene.

The March movie, from up-and-coming director Jonathan Liebesman, comes on the heels of "Skyline." That film, a lower-budget fall offering in which aliens also invade L.A., was directed by brothers Colin and Greg Strause, who also did some of the effects on this film. The brothers have taken pains to note the differences between the two movies. Sony might want to do that too: That film bombed, in more ways than one.

--Steven Zeitchik




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