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Battleship gets a full-length trailer

Battleship , Universal's big blockbuster hope for 2012, has unveiled a full-length trailer.

Unlike the first one, which took its time establishing the the slightly contrived backstory - Taylor Kitsch is boffing the daughter of his commanding officer Liam Neeson - this one goes all-out with the action.

In shifting the focus, it also offers a reminder of the boardgame that it's based on, not least with the opening shot of the alien vessels lurking in formation in the depths of the ocean.

There's a fairly strong Transformers vibe permeating this trailer, but the set pieces do look suitably epic (and numerous).

We also get a glimpse of the aliens themselves, or at least their mecha-suits, and Rihanna gets a few lines of dialogue this time around. Best of all is the moment when Alexander Skarsgård's face goes all wibbly-wobbly from the shockwave of an explosion.

Check it out for yourself below:

Battleship opens on 20 April 2012.

Matt Maytum
Matt Maytum

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.