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turned buzz- cut sailor Alex Hop­per (Tay­lor Kitsch, no more dis­tinc­tive here than in “John Carter”), in­tro­duced dur­ing a numb­ing “comic” open­ing se­quence that finds him be­ing Tasered af­ter break­ing into a con­ve­nience store to steal a chicken bur­rito for a tight-shirted blond phys­i­cal ther­a­pist (Sports Il­lus­trated swim­suit model Brook­lyn Decker), who hap­pens to be the daugh­ter of the ad­mi­ral (Liam Nee­son) “who runs the whole damn fleet.”

Com­mand­ing a small ex­cur­sion boat with a crew that in­cludes the singer Ri­hanna (as a Navy petty of­fi­cer), Hop­per pre­cip­i­tates what threat­ens to be­come “an ex­tinc­tion­level event” for the Earth when he in­ter­feres with an alien space­craft float­ing in the Pa­cific, not far from the site of a pre­vi­ous dis­as­ter, Pearl Har­bor.

Part of an ap­par­ent in­va­sion flotilla that ar­rived on our planet in re­sponse to a NASA sig­nal hop­ing to make “first con­tact” with ex­trater­res­tri­als, the space­ship is men­ac­ing but mys­te­ri­ous un­til Hop­per boards its bob­bing oth­er­worldly sur­face and pushes what might be a lit­eral panic but­ton. Not that Earth has any rea­son to wel­come the vis­i­tors: Part of the alien ar­mada crashed on

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