Went to see Battle: Los Angeles today at the Cine Capri, I enjoyed it.
I was a bit worried when I saw that it had such a low rating on RT, so I came in with my hopes a bit restrained. But, the movie didn't disappoint. There is a good amount of action in it, by which I mean LOTS and LOTS of action, which is really what I was expecting out of it.
Couple things: Towards the beginning there was a bit too much shaky camera going on for my taste (I'm not a fan of the quick cut editing that is all the rage these days either), but it seemed to settle down a bit as the movie went on.
Also, there is one scene (you'll know it when you get there) that is just silly. I like Aaron Eckhart, and I think he's a good actor. But, it seems like he got to that point in the script, realized how out of place it was to the rest of the film and how tacked on it felt, and figured "this isn't going to be fixed by acting better, so instead I'll act harder".
But, the rest of the movie delivers exactly what it set out to do: Independence Day meets Blackhawk Down (in case this is lost on anyone by movie's end, they give you a helpful reminder). While I would have liked it if it gave more of a "big picture", since it is focused on a single squad (platoon? I'm not good with military units) I understand why they didn't.
I think though that what I liked most about it is that it's one of the few alien invasion films I've seen where the aliens seem to act like a military force. Though they are definitely brazen in their tactics, if you watch how the aliens act in combat, they seem to have their own mannerisms that make them seem better (looking around to see where their fellow aliens are, ducking, weaving, etc). Also, they didn't succumb to the classic "scary when you don't see them, silly once you do" syndrome.
I think the critics got this one wrong, though I can see why some might not like it (it's plot is definitely not Inception). Personally, I quite enjoyed it!