ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH
Family – and Aliens – Are Worth Fighting For
Starring: The Voices of Brendan Fraser,
Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais,
Jonathan Morgan Heit, Jessica
Alba, Sofia Vergara, Paul
Sheer, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: Cal Brunker
Executive Producer: Marcin Peart
Producer: Like Carroll, Catherine Winder
Writer: Tony Leech, Cory Edwards, Cal
Brunker, Bob Barlen
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After another successful mission is accomplished, Scorch and Gary are informed by their boss Lena that a rescue mission is needed. An SOS signal is coming from the deadly planet called Earth. Because no alien ever returns from Earth, Gary says it’s too dangerous. Scorch disagrees and decides to go anyway without Gary’s help. Gary quits his job in protest and goes home to his wife and son.
Scorch arrives at planet earth and is almost immediately captured by Shanker, the villainous commander of Area 51. The planet of Baab is devastated at the capture of their beloved hero, but no one more than Gary. Gary doesn’t know what to do. He’s not a hero like Scorch; he’s just an ordinary guy. However, his wife and son inspire him to try anyways, so he takes a spaceship to go save Scorch. However, Shanker captures Gary as soon as he arrives.
Inside Area 51, Scorch and Gary are introduced to other aliens from other planets who have all come in peace, but were then captured and thrown in prison. Shanker makes the aliens invent new technology for him. His latest project is a laser that has the ability to destroy an entire planet. Alien planets. It’s up to Gary and Scorch to stop him.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH lacks skillful writing. Also, the A-list actors involved in the animated film do little to help the stale dialogue. The animation is good, but not on the level of Pixar or Dreamworks. The movie has redeeming themes like heroism, fighting for your family and others, and doing the right thing. Even though the core of the movie is pro-family, strangely enough there were quite a few political undertones. Practically all the humans are power hungry bad guys who want to build heavy weaponry to destroy each other and their alien enemies (who ironically are all peaceful). There are also light references to evolution, global warming, and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH is mostly void of violence and foul language with the exception of one OMG, but some of the heavier political ideas might concern parents. So, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution, and we encourage parents to sit down with their children to discuss the subject matter presented in ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH lacks skillful writing. Also, the A-list actors involved in the animated movie do little to help the stale dialogue. Even though the movie has some good themes like family and heroism, there are a lot of liberal political undertones that parents should note. For example, all of the humans are bad guys who like weapons of mass destruction. Global warming and evolution are also mentioned. Parents should exercise caution regarding ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH.