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Eerie music, epic explosions, and the imagination of disaster takes wing

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Battle Los Angeles
Columbia Pictures.
Opens 3-11-2011

We're hopelessly fond of any trailer that exploits the senseless destruction of Los Angeles, or those depicting invading ranks of scarily armed creature-machines marching up from the ocean floor onto Santa Monica beach. But it's the trailer's eerie juxtaposition of music (Jöhann Jöhannsson's drone-dreamy "The Sun's Gone Dim and the Sky's Black") and doomsday imagery that really captures the attention here, so kudos to the song-placement guy, because it's as elegiac and beautiful as it is ugly and sinister.

The aliens — appearing as ominous heaps of grotesque scrap-metal art that fly and kill — arrive in meteors to colonize and extinguish us — and Los Angeles is the last flush for humankind, which is funny considering how, in reality, it's the one city that's guiding us down the shitter.

A Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) leads troops into battle, and judging by the number of exploding Marines, beach lovers, city blocks, helicopters and machines, it's hard to tell who'll win. But the end of days sure looks like a lovely thing.

See the trailer at battlelosangeles.movie-trailer.com

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