She might be kicking aliens in the face as USAF Technical Sergeant Elena Santos in the much-awaited action science fiction film World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles, but actor Michelle Rodriguez says that the film changes the alien movie stereotype in Hollywood with its documentary feel.
“What sets the film apart from every other alien movie, has a lot to do with the way the film has been shot. It has a very documentary feel to it, which brings a fresh outlook to the situation because you feel like a character through the whole process,” she says.
“You’re the person who is in the midst of all the action,” says the actor, whose film biography includes The Fast and The Furious, Predators and Avatar. She further explains, “It’s not like Signs. It’s more like District 9 meets Black Hawk Down meets Modern Warfare — that’s my best way of explaining it.”
“You have some good perspective of these aliens, but they pop in and out, and they’re still these elusive creatures that you really want to get a better look at, but you can’t, because you’re too busy getting shot at,” she adds. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, it also stars Aaron Eckhart, Michael Peña, Nzinga Blake, Ne-Yo, and Bridget Moynahan.
Set in modern day Los Angeles, the movie follows a platoon of Marines and Airmen during a global alien invasion. The events of the film are inspired by The Battle of Los Angeles, a falsely suspected air raid of Los Angeles that had taken place during the World War II.
The 32-year-old action star also had to go through a gruelling bootcamp to get into the skin of her character.
“I had to wake up at four in the morning to reach the camp. You know, the excruciating workout, the gun training, the sweating at the 100 degree weather, people passing out,” she says.