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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


In this author’s opinion the movie battleship kicked ass!  I know the reviews have been less than favorable and it can’t hold its own against the awesome cast of Super Heroes in Avengers, but I still loved it!  These days’ going to the movies is a luxury that you have to weigh into your budget.  It’s not like when we were kids and it was nothing to buy a bag of popcorn, a soda pop and go watch a movie for a couple of bucks.  Nowadays when it costs you $75 - $100 dollars to fill your cars tank up and a movie costs $8.00, and the popcorn and soda cost you more than the movie, you choose carefully if you can afford to go at all.

Battleship didn’t have a deep plot, the main character was just this side of an idiot but he was entertaining.  The interaction between the main character and the Japanese guy were some of the best parts in the movie.

For Veterans and fans of the old World War II sea battle movies this is a must see.  For fans of the USS Missouri, one of the stars of the movie, it is a must see.  The way they treated the part where the new Navy meets the Veterans of the Navy to sail and operate what is currently a Museum piece was priceless in my book.  I don’t mean to spoil anything, but this young commander and the new Navy guys walk up to a collection of old retired sailors from the Missouri who the day before were at a ceremony honoring them.  The dialogue and interaction between the sailors old and new was awesome!  Most of the people in the theater were yelling with me.  “Hell Yeah!”
The aliens were BAD ASS, their weapon systems unique, devastating and scary.  I would describe it as Independence Day on steroids!  The special effects were incredible, from the alien ships, to their weapons and destroying three destroyers, to the most amazing part making the USS Missouri come alive again.

For those who aren’t familiar with me or my blog, I reside in Independence, MO.  The home town of US President Harry S. Truman.  The Second World War in the Pacific was officially ended on the deck of the USS Missouri!  She served her country from 1944 until 1955 when she was decommissioned.  She fought in the battle of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and shelled the Japanese mainland.  She later served throughout the Korean War.
THEN, 30 years later in 1984 she was pulled out of dry dock, refitted with new up to date weapon systems and put back into service AGAIN for her country!  She later served in the first Gulf War!  Very few ships have ever had such a glorious and extended life as this battleship.
Is the idea of hoping aboard the Missouri and taking off to fight aliens preposterous?  Yes, but no more so than The Avengers!  That’s why we go see movies!  I have stood on the deck of the Missouri since she was placed in Pearl Harbor.  I walked through the ship.  To see them cut the mooring lines with torches, light the boilers (no nuke power on a battleship), and just drive her out of Pearl Harbor was incredible!  I thought seeing that was better than the alien ships!

To see the spray of the Pacific come up over her bow as she slammed her way through the sea stirred my heart.  To see the giant turrets swivel over the side of her deck and then fire all at once moved my soul!
I write Science Fiction novels and my first novel is about a Navy Ship called the USS Whisper.  I was born on an Air Force Base and myself am a  ex-Tank Crewman from the U.S. Army.  I grew up watching the old War movies and loved the ones with the ships fighting.
Midway, Tora Tora Tora, In Harm’s Way, The Enemy Below
To catch a glimpse of the USS Missouri in action again was magical!  It was worth every freaking penny it cost to get in there.
I just wanted to add my two cents worth after hearing about the bad reviews of this must own movie.  When it comes out on DVD I will gladly add it to my collection of war movies!
Remember that my book “Whisper” will be on sale on Amazon this weekend for .99 Cents!
The sequel will be out in a month or so, so there is still time to read the first one if you haven’t read it yet.

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