Battle Los Angeles

  • Directors: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Producers: Jeffrey Chernov, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Christopher Bertolini
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan

Battle: Los Angeles revolves around a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon’s battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles. The movie is presented as an intense real-time war movie from the perspective of the Marines. It has been described by some as “Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day”. It will be a live-action drama, showcasing the United States Marines attempting to defeat an alien invasion of planet Earth.

Avatar

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau
  • Writers: James Cameron
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver

The story’s protagonist, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), is a former U.S. Marine who was wounded and paralyzed from the waist down in combat on Earth. Jake is selected to participate in the Avatar program, which will enable him to walk. Jake travels to Pandora, a lush jungle-covered extraterrestrial moon filled with incredible life forms, some beautiful, many terrifying. Pandora is also home to the Na’vi, a sentient humanoid race, who are considered primitive, yet are more physically capable than humans. Standing three meters tall (approximately 10 feet), with tails and sparkling blue skin, the Na’vi live in harmony with their unspoiled world. As humans encroach deeper into Pandora’s forests in search of valuable minerals, the Na’vi unleash their formidable warrior abilities to defend their threatened existence.

Jake has unwittingly been recruited to become part of this encroachment. Since humans are unable to breathe the air on Pandora, they have created genetically-bred human-Na’vi hybrids known as Avatars. On Pandora, through his Avatar body, Jake will be able to walk again. Sent deep into Pandora’s jungles as a scout for the soldiers that will follow, Jake encounters many of Pandora’s beauties and dangers. There he meets a young Na’vi female, Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña).

Over time, Jake integrates himself into the Na’vi clan, and begins to fall in love with Neytiri. As a result, Jake finds himself caught between the military-industrial forces of Earth and the Na’vi, forcing him to choose sides in an epic battle that will decide the fate of Pandora forever.

S W A T

  • Directors: Clark Johnson
  • Producers: Dan Halsted, Chris Lee, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Characters, Robert Hamner, Story, Ron Mita, Jim McClain, Screenplay, David Ayer, David McKenna, Uncredited, George Huang, Lem Dobbs, Chris Morgan, Craig Fernandez
  • Genres: Action, Crime
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Samuel L Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Olivier Martinez

The film begins with a hostage situation in Los Angeles (loosely based on the 1997 North Hollywood shootout). Officer Jim Street (Farrell), a hot-shot cop from the Los Angeles Police Department and his SWAT team are sent to stop a gang of robbers who have taken over a bank. His high-tempered partner and close friend Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) disobeys an order, and accidentally wounds a hostage. Gamble and Street are demoted by Captain Fuller (Larry Poindexter), the SWAT commander, who is portrayed as a fussy martinet. Gamble quits following an argument with Fuller. Street is taken off the SWAT team and sent to work in the “gun cage,” where he looks after gear and weapons.

The Chief of Police calls on Sergeant Dan “Hondo” Harrelson (Jackson) to help re-organize the SWAT division. Hondo is transferred in, and soon puts together a diverse team, including himself, Street, Chris Sánchez (Rodriguez), Deacon Kaye (LL Cool J), T.J. McCabe (Josh Charles), and Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt). The team trains together and develops bonds of friendship.

Meanwhile, a drug lord by the name of Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) kills his father and uncle for control of the family’s crime empire. The L.A.P.D. stop Montel for a broken taillight, detain him, and learn through Interpol he is an international fugitive. As they are transferring him, his associates, dressed as LAPD officers, assault the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bus Montel is on in an attempt to free him. Hondo’s SWAT team foils the assault. As Montel is being brought into the police station in front of a group of reporters, he yells to them, “I will give one hundred million dollars to whoever gets me out of here.”

The L.A.P.D. makes plans to transfer Montel into federal custody. They plan to fly him away, but a mysterious attacker (later revealed to be Gamble) shoots down the helicopter. The police next send out a large convoy, which is attacked by gang members. It turns out to be a decoy, and Hondo’s team has spirited Montel away in two S.U.V.s. However, T.J. has been plotting with Gamble, and the two succeed in taking Montel from the other officers. Hondo and the rest give chase, and there is a final fierce battle, Gamble’s group against the SWAT officers. Hondo’s team is victorious. T.J. kills himself rather than be captured, and there is a vicious hand to hand fight between Street and Gamble. Street emerges the eventual victor when he kicks Gamble under the wheels of a passing train. The SWAT team delivers Montel to a federal prison to await trial.

The Fast and the Furious

  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Ken Li, Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, David Ayer
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Brian O’Conner (Walker) is an undercover cop infiltrating Hollywood’s street racing scene. Going by the name Brian Earl Spilner, O’Conner manages to work his way up into the good graces of Dominic Toretto (Diesel) the head of arguably the best racing team in Hollywood.

Brian reports his findings to his superiors, but they soon notice he’s getting close with Toretto, growing wary of Brian. After another truck hijacking occurs, the police move in and arrest all the members of Tran’s gang, but find that the players were legally purchased and that they are not the ones doing the hijackings. Brian’s superior tells him about the truckers arming themselves and that it has to be Toretto doing it, giving him a sudden deadline. Brian casually asks Toretto that whatever he is doing, he wants in on it as well. Toretto agrees as long as Brian wins the upcoming Race Wars.

During Race Wars, Toretto’s friend Jesse races his Volkswagen Jetta against Johnny Tran’s Honda S2000 for pink slips and loses. In a state of panic, Jesse drives away from the race. Shortly after beating Jesse in a race, Tran then confronts Dominic Toretto and accuses him of calling the feds on him and having him being disrespected in front of his father and family, which leads to Dominic punching him out and they having a scuffle on the ground (not realizing the person responsible for the SWAT invasion, Brian O’Conner, was right in front of him). During the night, Toretto and the rest of the clan drive out. Brian confesses to Mia that he’s a cop and tells her that the truckers are now armed. He convinces her to come with him to save her brother and his friends.

After the credits end, there is a scene that shows Toretto driving around Baja, Mexico.

Fast Furious

  • Directors: Justin Lin
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz, Vin Diesel
  • Writers: Screenplay, Chris Morgan, Characters, Gary Scott Thompson
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Gal Gadot

After a successful run of hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has become an international criminal. Under increasing pressure from the local police, Dom’s partner Han (from the third film) decides to flee to Tokyo. Dom is afraid of what will happen to Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) if the authorities ever catch him and link her to him, so he leaves her and runs away again to Panama City, Panama. (The prologue ends here.)

Some time later, Letty is found to have been shot dead in her wrecked car. Dom returns to the scene of her murder just outside of L.A.. There, he discovers traces of nitromethane, which allows him to lead a personal investigation up to a certain David Park, who had purchased the nitromethane for the driver who killed Letty. Park is coerced into helping Dom get a spot in a street race, arranged by Ramon Campos, where he will supposedly find Letty’s killer.

Meanwhile, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), now an FBI agent, is assigned to track down a notorious drug lord named Arturo Braga. Brian’s investigation also leads him to David Park. He arrives at Park’s apartment while Dom is still interrogating him. At the FBI bureau, Park also tells Brian that the aforementioned street race grants the winner a spot on the team that traffics heroin across the United States-Mexico border for Braga. Dom and Brian participate in the race, in which Dom wins by cheating. Having lost the race, Brian uses his position at the FBI to wrongfully arrest Dwight Mueller, another of Braga’s drivers, in order to usurp Mueller’s spot on the team. Ramon Campos, Braga’s right hand man, invites the drivers to a party, where Dom ends up in a confrontation with a driver called Fenix, and Brian looks for signs of Braga.

Brian appeals to the courts, but Dom is sentenced to “25 years to life without the possibility of early parole.” The movie concludes with Dom being transported in a prison bus on a desert highway to the Lompoc Penitentiary, when Brian appears, driving Dom’s repaired Charger, with Mia, Tego, and Rico in two other stealthy black cars, for an interception.