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Battle: Los Angeles - Based on Actual Events?





You know the Internet has done wonders for our world. It's given us all access to a wealth of info, right at our fingertips, it's given us a job, and it's helped connect people like never before. However, nothing in life can be all good. The interwebs has also given conspiracy theorists a playground to spout their various lunacies on a global level, influencing the weak-minded into cowering saps who don't even want to leave their homes.

Our bros over at Bloody Disgusting did a little digging on the web and came across a Wikipedia page that's home to some startling facts concerning an event that took place in the Forties which loosely mirrors Jonathan Liebesman's new film Battle: Los Angeles.

"The Battle of Los Angeles, also known as "The Great Los Angeles Air Raid," is the name given by contemporary sources to the rumored enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage which took place from late February 24 to early February 25, 1942 over Los Angeles, California. The incident occurred less than three months after the United States entered World War II as a result of the Japanese Imperial Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor."

Check out the Wiki link for more and dig on the similarities between an image from the event which ran in the LA Times to the teaser poster for the flick below. What do YOU believe? Sound off in the comments section.

Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, and Bridget Moynahan all star. Look for it in theatres on March 11th, 2011.

Synopsis
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.

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Battle: Los Angeles - Based on Actual Events?

Battle: Los Angeles - Based on Actual Events?

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Terminal's picture

Wow, so much moronic elements about this news item and I don't even know where to start. Sigh. Now can we explore how Star Wars was based on a true story because of the government project?

I'm going to see the movie anyway, we don't have to start making crap up to get butts in seats.
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Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 11:45pm.
Shambling_in_Bandages's picture

"Based on Actual Events?"

Sure. Sure it is. Just like 'Independence Day' and 'Mars Attacks!' were based on true events that totally happened years ago.


Submitted by Shambling_in_Ba... on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 5:35pm.
Vanvance1's picture

Good point. I loathe it every time a movie starts with a claim to anything resembling the truth.

I'll give the original TCM a pass on this one because back then it wasn't a dramatic cliche.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 8:34pm.
Mr. Dark's picture

Oh yeah, old news. The Battle Of Los Angeles is one of the most important UFO sightings in US history. There have been good attempts at explaining it, but the fact is something appeared over LA and was shot at for quite some time by well-trained anti-aircraft gunmen from different points all over the LA basin.

The thing that always caught my imagination was the report that one of the objects (thought to be an enemy plane at the time) was actually shot down on a street downtown. That's hard to explain away even by mass hysteria. The official report is that nothing but some shrapnel came down...and then there was quite a bit of 'hush hush' attempted with the press. (At least one paper complained about it publicly.)

The official story is probably true, but it's a great piece of modern American legend that I'm glad to see someone finally use for creative purposes. (I'd like to see a Battle of Los Angeles movie made, with the fantasy version of a brief invasion fought off by the people of LA, then covered up by the WWII-era military.)


Submitted by Mr. Dark on Thu, 12/30/2010 - 2:13am.
Chainsaw's picture

Soooooo...this is a remake of Spielberg's 1942?


Submitted by Chainsaw on Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:45am.

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