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This CGI flick is flimsy at its core, but the 3D CGI work on display here is often wildly impressive....
Anchor Bay / 89 Minutes / 2013 / Rated PG / Street Date: June 4, 2013
Escape From Planet Earth is technically pretty darned marvelous on this 3D Blu-ray set, but as dazzling as it can frequently be, there’s a high-definition vacuum where its heart should be. Not every animated feature needs to have weight and gravitas to it, of course, but once the futuristic sheen on Planet Earth wears off, one is left with the nagging question “What was the point?”, and aside from the potential for branding and product placement, there are few answers.
I guess one of the biggest disappointments in Escape From Planet Earth is the narrative assumption that Reality TV exists on other planets. See, on his home planet Baab, Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is Reality Star Numero Uno, a baby-saving bad-ass who can do no wrong. His brother, Gary (Rob Cordrry), loves him and everything, but there are sibling rivalry issues that definitely keep them from having a pitch-perfect relationship.
Then, as fate would have it, Scorch gets an assignment to visit an exotic planet called ‘Earth’, and things don’t go as planned. Gary has to go to bat for his brother in order to save him from doom, and a myriad of creatures normal and monstrous stand in their way. And again, as merely a revolving door of cool space-folk and unique computer-generated scenarios, Escape From Planet Earth is a bold sci-fi achievement, but its basic story feels cobbled together.
But even if it’s just the fever of the summer movie season that is currently upon us, even if Escape From Planet Earth is anemic in terms of narrative fluidity, this is a fun, escapist romp. What the movie lacks in predictability or nuance, it completely compensates for with big-budget digital zap. It’s not a movie you’ll relish and return to again and again, but as a brain-turned-off, loud and rowdy intergalactic entertainment, it’s quickie, impressive fun.