Movie Review by Maggie Hames
At its essence, Escape from Planet Earth is a sibling rivalry story. The sibling rivalry just happens to take place on the Blue Planet between alien (though not unfamiliar) brothers. Brainy (read: nerdy) Gary Supernova—voiced by Rob Corddry—works at mission control at BASA (a souped-up NASA) while his brother Scorch—voiced by Brendan Fraser—is the scene-stealing, macho, slightly dim but intrepid hero/astronaut. In the opening scene, we see Scorch grab the glory as he rescues babies trapped on an inhospitable planet but its Gary who guides the ship safely home by remote control.
|Nobody can believe that Kira (right),|
voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, went
for Gary. That's their son, Kip (voiced by
Jonathan Morgan Heit) at left.
The story begins in earnest with a distress signal from the “dark planet.” That’s the place where 106 aliens have disappeared trying to establish friendly first contact with humans. We know it as Earth. Scorch lands in southern Nevada near the infamous Area 51 and it bears mentioning that this film is chock full of knowing little details. It’s a treat for die-hard 3D, sci-fi and fantasy film fans. I found myself immediately wanting to watch the film again to savor all the fun details, such as the use of a paddle-ball toy, just like the one used in the early 3D horror film, House of Wax.
|William Shatner provides the voice of General Shanker.|
Gary decides to rescue his brother and he’s immediately captured, too. But Shanker finds out that Gary has brains. Gary’s recruited to work on the aliens’ latest invention, the one that promises to win all of them all their freedom: a dooms-day device. Gary teams up with a trio of aliens voiced by Steve Zahn, Jane Lynch, and George Lopez to win their freedom without giving Shanker the power to destroy the universe.
|Aliens voiced by (left to right) Jane Lynch,|
George Lopez, Rob Corddry, Brendan
Fraser and Steve Zahn.