Battle: Los Angeles

2011 film by Jonathan Liebesman

Battle: Los Angeles (also known as Battle: LA and internationally as World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles) is a 2011 military science fiction war film about a retiring Marine Staff Sergeant who must go back into the line of duty to lead a platoon of U.S. Marines, isolated U.S. Army soldiers, a U.S. Navy corpsman, and a U.S. Air Force sergeant during a global alien invasion.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Written by Christopher Bertolini.
It's not war. It's survival.. taglines

SSgt Michael NantzEdit

  • Stavro, Harris, the lieutenant needs recon on a bus. If it runs, bring it back here... Either of you know how to hotwire a bus?
  • All right, Lockett. You wanna go there, let's go there. I commanded men and men died. Kids. 19 years old. The best men I ever led. Do you think for a second I wouldn't rather trade places with them? I know you think I got my men killed. They're dead. I'm here. Like the punchline to some bad joke. You think I like that? Do you think a minute goes by that those faces aren't right here, seared into my brain? [points to head]. Dante, Thomas T. Corporal. 1-5-6-5-0-9-3-8-6. Ambruster, William R. Private. 8-7-6-6-6-2-3-5-4. Wharton, Jeffery H. Lance Corporal. 8-7-4-2-7-3-9-9-3. Lockett...Duane G. Corporal. 1-5-6-8-7-0-9... [Lockett: 5-5.] Your brother was an outstanding Marine. He was my friend. And I miss him every day. And you remind me of him. But none of that matters right now. Because our duty is to keep moving forward, to keep fighting. That's how we honour your brother, and Lieutenant Martinez, Corporal Stavrou, Lance Corporal Motolla...Hector's father, who picked up a rifle and did what needed to be done. A civilian did that. So we'd better dang well step it up. Discard any lingering doubt. Work fast, work as a unit and we will prevail. Let's figure out how we're going to get out of this mess. Imlay, you come with me. We need to get to higher ground. The rest of you, find some ammo and some vehicles. There's got to be a few LAVs or armoured Humvees still operational.

LtCol K.N. RitchieEdit

  • We got an infestation of God-knows-what in there but they are NOT from this Earth and we gotta hit them with everything we got and we gotta hit them hard! They are a ground force enemy only, so the Air Force will tear them a new asshole and we will rule the air!
  • Now be advised, you got 3 hours to get your ass back before those bombs drop, and make no mistake they will drop with or without you. So you get those civilians, you get the heck out of there, and you kill anything that is not human!

HM Jibril AdukwuEdit


  • Sgt. Major: At 14:46 Pacific Standard Time, 12 different locations around the world were breached, in what appears to be a coordinated attack by an unknown enemy. All breaches were along the coastline, in what is a campaign of rapid dominance. This is a textbook military invasion. There are massive casualties in New York, defensive lines are being setup in Boston, and at 13:15 Zulu Time we lost communications with San Francisco and San Diego, their status is unknown. What we do know is that we are the LAST offensive force on the west coast, we can NOT lose Los Angeles.
  • Reporter on TV: [first lines] unprecedented meteor shower falling off the coast of Tokyo. The entire city is mesmerized by this incredible sight. Two hours after the first contact, an unidentified enemy has reached our coastlines in a swift and militaristic attack. Right now one thing is clear: The world is at war.


[2ndLt William Martinez and SSgt Michael Nantz are trapped on the side of a bus as the aliens close in. Martinez orders Nantz to evacuate everyone, but they have a heated argument for saving the lieutenant as well]
SSgt Michael Nantz: No, I'm not leaving you, lieutenant!
2ndLt William Martinez: You've got to get them out of here -
Nantz: NO! NOT AGAIN!!! [Martinez is silenced]
Martinez: I have a bag of C-4 on the bus. Give this to my wife. [hands SSgt. Nantz a piece of paper] And get them off this goddamn freeway. That's an order.
Nantz: Yes, sir.
Martinez: Right behind you.
Nantz: [heads back to his men as the aliens fire their multi-missile launcher again] Cover the lieutenant!
Michele: They're closing in! [Martinez sees the aliens coming up]
Martinez: Here we go. [looks at Nantz one last time, and makes radio call] This is Lt William Martinez, Echo company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines. OORAH! [detonates C-4 package, killing himself and the aliens when they get close to the bus]

[a group of choppers sortie from the US military's Mojave Desert base, with Nantz's team aboard one of them]
Bullpen: This is Bullpen two-three. Who's with me?
Dog Pound: Good morning Bullpen, Dog Pound two-one one your left.
Bullpen: It's good to hear a friendly voice, Dog Pound two-one.
Snake Eyes: Liberty one-one, this is Snake Eyes joining the fight.
Another: Yankee Foxtrot two-one, we're on your six...
Unknown 1: Morning, Dog Pound two-one...
Eagle: Eagle on your right.
Foxtrot: Good morning two-one, this is Foxtrot two-November. Let's take back Los Angeles.


  • It's not war. It's survival.


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