Reviews and Problems with Escape from Planet Earth
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Escape From Planet Earth
Sound & Vision Magazine
5 March 2014
Excerpt: If you haven’t already figured it out from the film’s title, the Dark Planet is Earth. Yes, our heroes from BAAB are blue, and fall into the clutches of evil humans led by a maniacal general. Stop me if you’ve heard all this before. There’s even a video Gary calls up while researching the planned mission, explaining Earth’s dangerous and violent life forms.
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: Escape from Planet Earth has a lot of fun exploring its characters and universe. Even if the film isn't a bastion of originality, it takes itself lightly. It's a buoyant, bubbly, happy-go-lucky sort of movie that just rolls with limited range and cleverly mixes together its pieces into a movie that feels familiar but at the same time rather fresh.
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.
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. The characters are poorly conceived stereotypes that lack depth.
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...