Battle: Los Angeles is an awesome-looking movie. Its Independence Day, District 9 and The Hurt Locker all rolled into one. The action is incredible and the SFX are amazing. The biggest kudos I give this movie is it's depiction of war. Despite being an alien invasion, the warzone is treated like any other. Its gritty and chaotic... having said that, I didn't really enjoy it. It's basically gun-fire and explosions from start to finish without any real narrative arch or structure. I think the film is lacking a perspective. Everything we see is from the ground level but I would have invested in the story more had there been a point of command depicted. The performances are as good as they can be in an all combat movie and its a real accomplishment in terms of effects and sound... but ultimately there's little going for it from my point of view.