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So the trailer finally comes out, and it's not a collective groan from audiences, but more like a collective, "Huh?" Not only does no one say the classic line, "You sank my battleship!," but it's also got gigantic aliens attacking the ships. (Don't worry, director Peter Berg promises the line is in the movie, and that "we aspire to be fairly original in how we deliver that line.")
As fans and regular folks were Tweeting, compiled by the Hollywood Reporter, one fan wrote, "movie based on board game = aliens = Peter Berg trying to do a Michael Bay?," and indeed, it looks somewhat like a cross between Pearl Harbor and Transformers. 

James Gunn, who wrote the Dawn of the Dead remake, tweeted, "That Battleship trailer is the weirdest thing I've ever seen."  Another tweeter wrote, "Watch this trailer, and prepare to say WTF."

Positive tweets included, "Ooooo Battleship looks gooood," "Battleship looks like a good movie soo, I don't get what all the fuss is about?," and "better than expected?"

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Based on the old board game.

Our first look at the upcoming film answers the fundamental question: how does one adapt the story of a fairly boring table-game into a film?

It worked for Jumanji and Clue, right, so it should work for Battleship. Except that Jumani and Clue at least have vestigial plots, backstories to be harvested or built-upon. Battleship just has ships.

The idea, if somehow you haven’t played before, is that each player fires missiles blindly at the opponent’s ocean, only knowing if their missile hits, then basing further moves on the pattern of hits and misses, taking turns until one fleet or the other is completely covered in little red ‘hit’ markers.

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