Battle: Los Angeles Trailer Explodes Online

There’s just something about seeing aliens makes Planet Earth their playground. From blowing up the White House (Independence Day) to pulling helicopters out of the sky (Skyline), there’s nothing they won’t do to wipe out humanity.

Over at Apple, Columbia Pictures has debuted the first trailer for Battle: Los Angeles, a new sci-fi combat actioneer arriving next spring. Jonathan Liebesman (The Killing Room) directs this action movie about an alien invasion in Los Angeles. Considering that the director’s last film took place in a single room, this is new territory for him. Aaron Eckhart stars as a commanding leader of a group of young Marines who are the resistance against the aliens.

The trailer is very striking with its use of newsreel footage and combat action the likes of Black Hawk Down. Whatever person or agency that is cutting the trailers for Sony Pictures these days, give him or them a bonus. Battle: Los Angeles rates up there with District 9 and The Social Network as some of the best-produced teasers and trailers these last few years. Don’t believe me – watch the trailer below and judge for yourself.

For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.

Besides Aaron Eckhart, Battle: Los Angeles stars Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Peña, Bridget Moynahan. and Lucas Till. The person who penned the screenplay is Christopher Bertolini, who previously adapted the novel The General’s Daughter.

Columbia Pictures will unleash hell on the city of Los Angeles in theatres everywhere on March 11, 2011.

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