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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Something borrowed

By Ezra Klein

From Peter Suderman’s review of “Battle: Los Angeles”:

Liebesman managed to appropriate a host of familiar scenes and situations from Hollywood’s war-and-invasion oeuvres, but forgot to steal a story or characters worth watching. There are a few clever action gags disbursed throughout, but mostly it’s a mish-mash of meaningless military-movie cliches and copycat conflicts any infrequent moviegoer has seen a half-dozen times before. Despite its title, Battle doesn’t even bother to deliver an authentic Los Angeles; most of the city scenes were shot in Louisiana on account of the state’s generous film subsidies. (Apparently Liebesman is also willing to take money borrowed from taxpayers.)

By Ezra Klein  | March 11, 2011; 10:26 AM ET
 
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Comments

Ezra,

Please destroy Charles Krauthammer's column today.

Thanks,
Tyler

Posted by: TylerHealey | March 11, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The sequel will be " Mayhem at Mardi Gras: Los Angeles"

Posted by: bdballard | March 11, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Finally saw "Hall Pass" yesterday. Some funny sight gags, but you will hardly ever see a cast with less chemistry.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | March 11, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Good God. Is there any industry outside of the fossil fuels and Big Ag in LESS need of a subsidy? And it's not like these companies do a film and then say, "Hey! Louisiana! What a great idea! Let's stay here." They come and go so fast you can barely hear the Doppler effect.

Suckers.

Posted by: Riggsveda | March 11, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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