A few months back I saw a trailer for a new movie that looked kind of interesting, 'Battle for Terra'. As time went by and the movie failed to show itself on either DVD or the cinema I finally resorted to 'technical means' for my copy. Once it arrived I settled down in my couch with candy and soda, (yes I'm still 10 at heart) and started the show. Oh and if you don't like spoilers, find another review.
Lets start by getting the good stuff out of the way so the ranting can begin. First of I liked the CGI, it was crisp and clean without any major fuck-ups. The voice acting was also not bad at all. The actors had a P.O.S. script to work with, but somehow they managed to pull it of and make me believe they meant what they said. The action scenes where exciting and well shot. Enough closeups to show off the flashy effects but not so many you couldn't get an overall picture of what was going on.
And then lets move on to the bad bits. My major gripe with this movie is the story. During the first 75% of the movie it was really interesting, with a cool back story for both the humans and the aliens in the movie, mostly revolving around death and destruction of entire planetary populations. The humans don't have a home world any more and even Venus and Mars are uninhabitable because of a civil war, and the only human survivors in the entire universe are on a warship that is way past its sell-by date (how they managed to fuck up Venus so it was worse than it is now is a bit beyond me though). Early in the movie a human becomes friends with an alien. A bit expected but not something I'm going to complain about. No, what I'm going to complain about is the final battle and the main human characters actions. As we have already established the humans on the invading ship are the last humans alive anywhere. They are basicaly out of supplies and time. If they fail to colonize this world humanity is going to be a foot-note in an alien civilizations history books. The have a device that can convert the atmosphere of Terra to one that humans can breath, of course it is not something that natives are going to like. Something to do with a good old fashioned nitro/oxy mix being dangerous...wusses. Now this human that was friends with an alien. He decides for some increadible reason that a alien, I can easily go so far as to call her a person, and her people are worth more to him that every single human alive. Including his own still living family. Now I'm sorry but I just don't buy it. If I meet someone and less than three days later I have to chose between them and my own family, my only question is going to be 'what do we do with the corpse?'. The person writing this script actually wants you to believe that a human would willingly sacrifice everything he knows and will ever know including his own life, (yes the stupid, treasonous fucker dies, thats about the only good thing I can say about that bit in the movie) for some alien broad he just meet. I. Don't. Fucking. Think. So. Now I will agree that what the humans where doing was, from the perspective of us modern, western humans wrong. Very, very wrong even. It was basicly the ultimate expression of imperialism. But in the situation they where in, it was not only morally right to do what they did. It was the only thing they could do.
Battle for Terra is not a movie I can recommend to anyone, I'm not bullshitting here. The only people who could possibly enjoy this movie are people who are so full of liberal anti-war bullshit that they can't see straight. But to everyone else, Stay the fuck away.