“Red” scribes Jon and Erich Hoeber along with Berg deserve top marks for their imaginative adaptation of the venerable Milton Bradley board game. For the record, this two person game predates World War I and the opponents must guess the location of their enemy’s ships. The Hoebers open “Battleship” in 2005 with the revelation that NASA (keep those funds coming) has found a "Goldilocks planet" similar to Earth in a nearby galaxy. We use a powerful, sophisticated satellite to beam a radio signal to Planet G. One geeky scientist raises questions about this strategy. "This could be like Columbus and the Indians, except we're the Indians.” Predictably, these dastardly devils dispatch a reconnaissance force to investigate Earth. Unfortunately, for these fellows who all resemble “Hellboy’s” Ron Pearlman with reptilian eyes, things do not proceed as planned. Five ships invade Earth. One smashes into an orbiting satellite and crashes into the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. Now, the aliens have no way to call home. The remaining four starships plunge into the Pacific Ocean. This occurs about the same time that the U.S. Navy and 13 other countries are embarking on RIMPAC. Otherwise known as the Rim of the Pacific Naval Exercise, this bi-annual war games constitutes the world's largest international maritime task. You can see how the Hoebers and Berg used the board game as a jumping off point.
Seven years elapse. Stone commands the USS Sampson, while Alex serves as Tactical Action Officer aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones. Samantha and Alex are still dating, much to Admiral Shane’s chagrin. During a soccer match between the U.S. Navy and the Japanese, a Japanese player kicks Alex in the face by accident. Long story short, this mischief forges bad blood between the two, and they tangle later and are reprimanded. Admiral Shane warns Alex that his seagoing days may be numbered. Cue the aliens to crash into the Pacific, wipe out a warship, and deploy an impregnable shield that encloses both the Sampson and the John Paul Jones. Worse things ensue, but our hero redeems himself.