A far cry from fellow summer alien blockbuster Prometheus, Battleship packs all the intellectual nutrition of its simplistic kid game namesake, but manages to be pleasant matinee fodder nonetheless.  The funny first five minutes, which seem more like a male-oriented romantic comedy, had me thinking this was going to be a real treat; but after our hero gets arrested for stealing a burrito to impress a woman, Battleship settles into mostly empty-headed action situations designed to bolster Navy recruitment.  Battleship has an obvious fondness for shots of waving American flags and well-toned, handsome young men in their dashing, manly uniforms.  If anything is more egregious than its crass appropriation of AC/DC for military recruitment, however, it has to be the use, seemingly oblivious of its commentary on hollow patriotism, of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” during the closing credits.  Not a must-see, but not an overly painful see either.  3.5 of 5 stars with accompanying stripes.

Ideological Content Analysis indicates that Battleship is:

3. Pro-NWO/fifth columnist, advocating sometime abdication of national
sovereignty and possible softening up for movement toward eventual world government.

2. Multiculturalist, celebrating the contributions to our country’s and our planet’s defense by minorities, women, the handicapped, and senior citizens.

1. Pro-military, perpetuating the myths of Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

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