Feature Presentation: Escape From Planet Earth

escapefromearthEscape from Planet Earth Starring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara, and Ricky Gervais

Blue Yonder Films, 2013. Rated PG

Synopsis: Scorch Supernova is a hero to Planet Baab. His older brother Gary Supernova is a nerd who works in mission control, often helping Scorch out of sticky situations. When Baab receives a distress call from the Dark Planet (Earth), Scorch is chosen to answer the call. But when Scorch gets captured by the government and taken to Area 51, Gary and his family are the only aliens that can get him home safely.

The older I get, the more I am convinced that children’s movies are aimed more at adults. Escape from Planet Earth falls into that category, but this doesn’t mean that the target audience isn’t getting anything out of it. The movie is humorous and there were a lot of laugh out loud moments that kept the viewer entertained. Aside from the comedy, the story is about love and family and the lengths to which we will go to help each other. Gary is clearly annoyed by his brother, but this doesn’t stop him from being supportive and doing everything he can to make sure Baab’s national hero comes home safely. Scorch might be a bit short on brains, but he’s brave, heroic, and needs Gary’s help even when he doesn’t think he needs it. The villainous government officials that are holding the aliens hostage are definitely evil and cruel, but equally bumbling and clueless when it comes to outsmarting other life forms. On the other hand, if humans would only believe that aliens come in peace, then there probably wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place. The movie is fun, comedic, and good fun for the whole family.



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