Inception Media Group // 2012 // 85 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 30th, 2013
Mankind's darkest hour.
Extraterrestrials have made themselves known to humanity and done so in a belligerent manner. It's a full-scale invasion and Earth's military forces are scrambling to respond to the attack. A detachment of elite Canadian soldiers is dispatched with a top-secret package that could turn the tide of the battle. But on the way to the hot zone, their chopper is hit and crashes in the middle of no-man's land. What follows is a lot of walking and yelling and, if you look really close, an alien or two firing laser guns.
Don't believe the marketing. Don't believe the disc art.
Those guys on the cover firing up in the sky in front of the flaming ruins of a city while an alien ship hovers menacingly above? Yeah, never happens. Flip the disc case over and there's some striking art: fighter jets flying around space (?) while fireballs rain down. Again, nothing. Inception offers a perfect display of misleading marketing.
Is this out of the ordinary for DVD releases? Of course not. Inspired disc case artists often indulge in embellishments, perhaps at the behest of the marketing honchos. But at some point you just have to be honest with your potential audience, because Battle Earth is pretty much the opposite of its art. And seeing as the original title of the film was far less provocative -- The Medic -- I'm going to lay my frustration at the feet of the studio suits.
Battle Earth has almost zero action and very little battling. It is, in fact, a fairly quiet character drama, following a group of soldiers as they plow through the wilderness. Their mission takes a backseat to their dialogue exchanges, character progression, and how Baker (the medic) deals with the pressures of the situation.
This is fine and the movie is certainly allowed to be whatever it wants, but the wooden acting and lethargic pace keep Battle Earth from doing any real damage. When we finally do get some human-on-alien action, it's fleeting and forgettable. The alien makeup may or may not be interesting. Not sure. The aliens are way off in the distance, so it's hard to tell.
The DVD specs: standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 5.1 Surround, no subtitles, and no extras.
Enjoy your Canadian solider walkabout.
A victim of dishonest marketing, sure, but still difficult to defend.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Inception Media Group
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated