Monday, 8 June 2015

Escape from Planet Earth Review

Escape from Planet Earth

Release Date: 28th March 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Blue Yonder Films
GRF Productions
Jon Shestack Productions
Protocol Pictures
Kaleidoscope TWC
Rainmaker Entertainment

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 89 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $74,597,643

Plot Summary
A master of daring rescues, 
Scorch pulls off astonishing 
feats with the quiet aid of his 
nerdy, by-the-rules brother, 
Gary, head of mission control 
at BASA. When BASA's no-
nonsense chief Lena informs 
the brothers of an SOS from 
a notoriously dangerous 
planet, Scorch rejects Gary's 
warnings and bounds off for 
yet another exciting mission. 

But when Scorch finds himself 
caught in a fiendish trap set 
by the evil Shanker, it's up to 
scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to 
do the real rescuing.

Voice Cast
Rob Corddry - Gary Supernova
Brendan Fraser - Scorch Supernova
William Shatner - General Shanker
George Lopez - Thurman
Craig Robinson - Doc
Jane Lynch - Io
Sarah Jessica Parker - Kira 
Jonathan Morgan Heit - Kip 
Jessica Alba - Lena Thacklemann
Steve Zahn - Hawk
Chris Parnell - Hammer
Ricky Gervais - James Bing
Joshua Rush - Young Shanker

Writer/Director - Cal Brunker
Story/Executive Producer - Tony Leech
Story - Cory Edwards
Writer - Bob Barlen
Additional Story Material - Stephen Fry
Producers - Luke Carroll, Brian Inerfield
and Catherine Winder
Creative Consultant - Gerry Swallow
Production Designer - Barry E. Jackson
Character Designer - Sylvain Deboissy
Cinematography - Matthew A. Ward
Animation Director - Adam Wood
Film Editors - Matt Landon and Scott Winlaw
Music - Aaron Zigman

I've seen a lot of animated movies over the years and for ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, the CGI sci-fi comedy I thought it was more of a reverse of PLANET 51 and it felt really quirky and weird. Aesthetics of the computer animation and well-scripted humour are the two elements that I've enjoyed in this film alongside its sci-fi and celebrity references, this film can be best labelled as a funny space oddity. The feature is ridden with dated clich├ęs such as its whole story and I felt something was missing that needed to stop ESCAPE from falling in to the unbalanced endeavours of animation. The sibling relationship/rivalry of the two main brothers should have been explored more, the story writers would have better developed this aspect of the story. Regardless of my critical blows to this disappointing flick, the reality is that it was a major success at the box office therefore there must be audiences out there that disagree with my opinion. What do you think? 

I however do enjoy the voice performances which features actors such as Rob Corddry, George Lopez, Jane Lynch and Jessica Alba. I don't believe that William Shatner is cast in one of the voice talents in one of the lesser animated films which I considered to be a semi-bad movie. Not the first time before, but it's at his best at hammy performance since his Captain Kirk in the STAR TREK television series.

It is such an average film that has little to offer the older viewers. ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH is definitely not worth-watching for a second time. Please feel free to leave a comment.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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