Escape From Planet Earth Monday, 13 July 2020

Escape From Planet Earth

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild animated violence.

  • The pitch:

    The blue planet gets a couple of blue invaders.

  • Starring:

    Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Ricky Gervais, William Shatner, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Directed by:

    Cal Brunker

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Aliens and people get punched, slapped, kicked, knocked over, hit. Monsters and aliens are seen, some scary, some not-so-scary. Eating babies (mentioned). A character jumps off a cliff. A man is burnt by hot coffee. Archive footage of a car crash, train collision, plane crash, and war pictures of marching soldiers, soldiers on horseback carrying weapons. Photographs of famously oppressive world leaders seen. Things get smashed, broken, knocked over. Arguing. Aliens are shot with tranquiliser darts, laser prods. Humans are zapped with lasers. Helicopter, vehicle, aircraft, spacecraft crashes. People are dragged, levitated. A crowd hears that their hero is dead. Dangerous driving, flying. Explosions and explosives. Aliens get electric shocks from a detainment device. Death rays, abduction, probing, flesh-eating, Communism, Bermuda Triangle, dissection, being chopped up and eaten (mentioned). Flame-thrower. Food fight. A substance with nuclear power (bluebonium) is handled. A comet, planet blown up. A woman is restrained by laser beams. Aliens are frozen in liquid chambers. A boy watches his father get crushed by a spaceship. Missiles, tractor beam are fired at an alien spacecraft. Action takes place sky-high; aliens and a human free-fall toward the ground.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. A glove attached to an empty suit appears to grab an alien's bum. Nudity: A nude statue of a couple embracing. A man's clothing is ripped off; only his bare chest is seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). A character collapses from a sugar rush.Aliens and humans are shot with tranquiliser guns.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling, stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Outer space, family, brothers, sibling rivalry, loyalty, betrayal, marketing, merchandising, fame, heroism, bravery, capture, imprisonment, xenophobia, Area 51, Roswell, aliens, alien abduction, levitation, power, invention, technology, genius, nuclear warfare, anger management, alien experiments, UFO-spotting, megalomania, conspiracy theories, supersizing, greed, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cold wintry setting, alien planet setting. Dinosaurs, horses, camels, space-puppy, coyote, tentacles, worms, scorpion. Rockets, spaceships, sparks, fire. Brief use of subtitles. Brief use of blurred and pixellated vision. High aerial points-of-view. Running away from home. Lightning and thunder. Slime, snot. Flash editing creates mild strobe effect. Talking food, flying mouth. Wall display features dead insects, butterflies. Deceased father. Airsickness. Vomiting, hyperventilating. Waterfall. Wedding. Confetti.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Family friendly, feel-good. Pleasant. Good cast. Brightly animated. Droll humour.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Mildly paced. Thin story. Slow start. Predictable. Uninventive. Mildly funny. Sentimental.

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