Neil LaBute remakes the zany British comedy of errors during a time of mourning, setting it in the cultural milieu of African-American suburban dwellers in Los Angeles and featuring a who's who of black comedians (Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan) as well as comedic performers like Luke Wilson and Loretta Devine. This remix keeps the melody and the arrangement largely intact with similarly rowdy results. Grade: B-plus.
The workmanlike narrative, for all its good lessons, can't compensate for the unremarkable 3-D effects, which barely rise to the level of the best 2-D has to offer. This 'Battle' is a visual fizzle that needed to sizzle in the pre-summer warm-up. Grade: C-.