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The stunning Brooklyn Decker in a scene from Universal Pictures "Battleship"
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The Top 5 Reasons To See 'Battleship'

It took a few years and a fistful of dollars to bring Universal Pictures adaptation of the classic Hasbro strategy game "Battleship" to the big screen, but the spoils of the production are about to be reaped. Already an international hit, the film docks in U.S. theaters this Friday, May 18, with enough hype to keep the Titanic afloat. Having seen the film, we can tell you that it’s one of the wildest rides you’ll get to take at the movies this summer and today we’re providing a few specific reasons why you should get on board.

The Girls of Summer

Sexy ladies and big-budget action tent poles go hand in hand, so you shouldn’t be surprised to find two of the most beautiful women on the planet in "Battleship." But don’t call either of them damsels in distress.

Rihanna brings the best of female empowerment to the U.S.S. John Paul Jones as Petty Officer Raikes, a weapons specialist who personally blasts a bunch of alien invaders to holy hell. Not only does she get up close and personal with an E.T. while engaging in hand to hand combat as she defends her commanding officer (Taylor Kitsch, more on him later), she frequently pulls her fellow crewman out of hairy situations throughout the flick. From start to finish Ri is positively bad-ass, and again proves that men aren’t the only heroes in Hollywood.

While the songstress does her things out at sea, model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker (above) plays an important role in the campaign. Her character Sam Shane, a military physical therapist and daughter of a high-ranking Naval Admiral, is wholly unprepared for the attack when she’s working with a patient in a remote area of a Hawaiian island, but rises to the challenge and helps foil the extraterrestrial’s plans. Her bravery is absolutely admirable, especially considering the fact that she’s a civilian.

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A Salute to America’s Heroes Young and Old

Director Peter Berg ("Hancock") has been very vocal about his support and respect for the Armed Forces, but he takes that esteem to a whole new level in this action epic. Not only does he include active duty Naval officers in "Battleship," he gets the vets involved, too. Without spoiling too much, we’ll just say that the greatest generation of military champions returns to an iconic vessel to save the day at the climax of the flick - a nostalgic nod to those who gave so much for our country so long ago.

BIG GUNS

Throughout the summer you’re going to see some impressive artillery. "The Avengers" boasted plenty of hi-tech weaponry when it broke box office records. Bullets are gonna fly when "The Expendables 2" shoots its way into theaters. But "Battleship" brings a truly mind blowing display of firepower to the masses. The destructive force of the canons that the U.S.S. John Paul Jones and, later, the U.S.S. Missouri, are equipped with are astonishing, and the aliens ship’s various armaments are equally devastating as they rip through naval fleets and cities infrastructure. Pitted against one another, the result is an explosive spectacle worthy of box office dominance.

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Ladies Love a Man in Uniform

Sure, the boys get to ogle over a pair of stunning superstars in this flick, but fear not female filmgoers: you’ll get a triple threat of masculinity in "Battleship." First, there’s star Taylor Kitsch, who began as a model for Diesel and Abercrombie & Fitch. Anyone who has posed for those clothing companies surely has a body worthy of worship, and there’s plenty of opportunities for you to stare at him in his crisp Navy getup and shirtless as well.

Then there’s "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard – the object of many women’s fantasies – who plays Kitsch’s older, more responsible brother and brings the same intensity to this role that he does as vampire Eric Northman. This is his biggest film to date, and that’ll probably be more than enough to coax girlfriends’ more interested in seeing "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" into a showing.

Finally, global box office champ Liam Neeson has a small but important role in the film as the aforementioned Admiral Shane, and while his muscles are a bit past the point of being gawked at, we’ll be damned if he doesn’t look good in a uniform
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Pump Up the Volume

Perhaps more than any other summer blockbuster this year, you need to hear "Battleship" as much as you need to see it. Between executive music supervisor Rick Rubin’s (one of the founding fathers of hip-hop and greatest producers of all time) spot-on song choices, composer Steve Jablonsky’s rousing score and a team of sound effects scientists, you’ll be floored by the film’s assault on your eardrums.

Rubin selects hard-hitting classic rock tracks from the likes of AC/DC and ZZ Top to energize the audience, while Jablonsky – who’s no stranger to making original music for $200 million properties like "Transformers" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" – plays up the patriotism with exciting progressions and raises the fear factor with alarming motifs. Overall it’s a complete 360 degree audio experience and deserves to be listened to as LOUD as possible.

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