The USS Iowa is in Korean waters on a farewell tour with a skeleton crew and museum restoration crew. When aliens attack with EMP devices knocking out modern technology it is up to the Iowa to defend the world from invasion.
Mario Van Peebles (Captain Winston), Carl Weathers (Gen. McKraken)Johanna Watts (Caroline), Nikki McCauley (Julia), Elijah Chester (SOD Alter), Sean Smith (Bryant), Devin McGee (Juarez), Chris Hayes (Anders).
When aliens attack the Earth, knocking out modern technology easily, it is up to the USS Iowa to defend the planet. Originally named “American Battleship”, Asylum lost the fight and the film was renamed. As with most Asylum copies, the film starts poorly and only gets worse. It was amazing that aliens who traveled to this planet with stealth technology and EMP devices use missiles that don’t cause the Iowa any real damage, yet are completely destroyed by a sixteen-inch projectile. Add the constant re-use of poor CGI and we lose interest in this one pretty quickly.
Acting was decent for an Asylum flick with Van Peebles doing fairly well. Weathers took the film far more seriously than it deserved while Chester felt quite comfortable as a jerk. Watts, McCauley and the remainder of the cast felt like window dressing at best.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were sad. Incorrectly painted military sets, ridiculous attempts at CGI, and poor camera work were the order of the day here. Dialogue was obviously hastily written, as was the soundtrack. Sound wasn’t much better.
Overall this is another low-budget, fast production, Asylum knock-off that does nothing but cash in on the name of the original production. Asylum fans will enjoy this one a lot while the rest of us will wish we had taken a nap instead.
With some mild violence, this should be fine for teens and above.
American Warships is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 1 out of 5
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