Who’d have thought that a film based on a board game that involves yelling out alphanumeric codes in a bid to sink each other’s imaginary armadas would have been a flop? Of course the main problem with Battleship wasn’t that it was a bad idea in the first place - although that probably didn’t help. No, the real issue was that in spite of a flimsy premise and a script that read like it had been scribbled by a pre-schooler, studio bosses still decided to throw millions of dollars and some spurious stunt casting at the project in a bid to make it stick at the box office. The end result was a mess. A well polished and pretty to look at mess, but a mess all the same.