Battle: Los Angeles
**HOLD FOR CAROLYN LESSARD ** In this film publicity image released by Columbia Pictures, a scene is shown from "Battle: Los Angeles." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Sony) Columbia Pictures/Sony

If you are into alien invasion types of movies chances are that you saw the recent sci-fi thriller, "Skyline," and were slightly disappointed with it. The acting was mediocre, as well as it was one of those movies where all of the great scenes are shown on the previews; the scenes you have already seen on TV before you even get to the theater. Well if you were hoping for that something extra that should have came from "Skyline," "Battle: LA" has that something extra for you.

Sgt. Michael Nantz (played by Aaron Eckhart also known as Harvey Dent in "The Dark Knight"), just put his 20 years in at the Marines and signed his retirement papers. He was ready to move on with life when an unexpected invasion forces him to help with one more mission. However, the mission was not a training mission for other Marines, or even a normal war mission for him, for it was to figure out why meteors were all of a sudden hitting the earth's atmosphere. Nantz did not think too much of the mission until he realized that those meteors were attacking people on the Los Angeles beach, and that they were not meteors but aliens.

The people of Los Angeles are now in the hands of Nantz and the military, so they are forced to act quickly. As they are trying to figure out a battle plan, they learn that there are some civilians that need to be rescued in the very spot that they want to have the Air Force bomb to clear out the aliens. They have only three hours to get to the civilians, rescue them, battle aliens along the way, get back to safety and out of the bomb zone before it means the end of the line.

Bridget Moynahan, Michael Pena, and Michelle Rodriguez also star in this action packed sci-fi thriller. If you liked "Skyline" then you will love this one, and if you were disappointed in "Skyline," "Battle: Los Angeles" will definitely make up for it. If you don't like movies about alien invasions at all then this movie isn't the one for you to see.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School.

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