Reviews and Problems with Escape from Planet Earth
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Escape from Planet Earth 3D Review
1 July 2013
Excerpt: Planet Baab has evolved as our own despite implications we, as humans, evolved backwards. Celebrity worship leads evening news, bumbling heroism is plastered onto breakfast cereals, and identifiable track suits are adorned with corporate logos. Scorch Supernova is a glistening beacon of perfection, except for being an idiot.
Excerpt: Meet Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser, The Mummy Returns ), a local do-good hero who has gained the trust an adulation of his home planet. After rescuing a trio of babies from murdering monsters, Scorch returns home to his nerdy brother Gary (Rob Corddry, Warm Bodies ), who mans the control deck for Scorch and lives a quiet existence with his wife (Sarah Jessica Parker, Ed Wood ) and little son. After Scorch checks out an S.O.S.
Conclusion: Escape from Planet Earth is light, familiar, and forgettable family entertainment. That puts it at the low end among today's reliably satisfying, usually ambitious CG cartoons, but it's an effort viewers of any age probably won't strongly regret seeing.
Conclusion: This turns out to be one of those rare instances where I'm only recommending a movie if the home viewer is going to be able to view the 3D version of the film. While the picture quality of the 2D version is stunning, so many of the visuals take advantage of the 3D format that it actually serves as the source of one's primary enjoyment of the movie. Even with the 3D, I can't imagine anyone high school age or older wanting to view the film more than once.
Conclusion: Escape from Planet Earth is not a movie I'll revisit too often, but then I'm not a pre-teen boy. I can imagine if I was eight years old, I'd be nominating Brunker for canonization. However the bar has been raised for animated films, so a narrow focus will leave half the room disappointed. The quality of the presentation here is far from disappointing though, and there's a nice selection of extras to check out.
Excerpt: It’s one thing for a movie to have weaknesses. Even the better films released every year have some flaws, or at least a few areas that could use improvement. The problem with Escape From Planet Earth is that it doesn’t have one single strength to counteract any of those weaknesses. Every single facet of the film is at best, slightly below average and at worst, downright terrible.
Excerpt: There’s a low-key, innate satisfaction to watching a story throw out setups and provide resolutions, akin to the satisfaction of slotting pieces into place in a jigsaw puzzle. A sophisticated story disguises this process; a simple one keeps the pieces big and the connections obvious so it doesn’t lose anyone along the way.
Summary: A bright, loud assault on the senses, Escape from Planet Earth uses overstimulation to paper over what adults will perceive as a lack of interesting plot, voice performances or humour. Kids won’t bat an eyelid at those deficits, though, as they’re swept away on an intergalactic rescue mission that travels from candy-coloured alien planet Baab (infected with Earth-like levels of sponsorship and celebrity culture) to a non-descript Earth that doesn’t comprise much more...