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Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

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The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA's no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary's warnings and

Jun 4, 2013

$57.0M

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An animated film that goes lamely where many have gone before.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Just like its hero and his grounded starship, Escape From Planet Earth is, for much of the film, a decidedly earthbound adventure.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Colorful as the 3-D aliens-among-us comedy is to look at, though, Corddry is handed a role that's beige as can be, and so are his castmates.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A lightweight, warp-speed, brightly colored trifle that should delight small children and sporadically amuse their parents.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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It never discovers new worlds, but "Escape From Planet Earth" is, in its genial way, escape enough.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A children's movie about space-traveling blue beings that has lots of high-flying escapades but fairly low aspirations.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This is very much by-numbers pre-teen fare, spiced up by the sound of William Shatner enjoying himself.

March 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Its secret weapon is a satirically inclined script, reworked by Stephen Fry among others, that disrupts the general factory-line vibe with regular funny lines.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's a lively, unpretentious adventure that should delight young children and has enough pop culture gags and sly humor to amuse their parents.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A painted-by-numbers 3D kid-flick enlivened mostly by Rob Corddry, who plays the fastidious, nerdy brother to Brendan Fraser's doomed Buzz Lightyear clone.

March 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Escape from Planet Earth doesn't even try to make itself memorable. It's like a generic case of really uncomfortable indigestion that you'll forget about as soon it ends.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

nothing more than a profit margin placeholder for those without the creativity or the caring to make something truly special.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Makes for a solid Family Movie Night feature.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Chalk this one up as a decent kiddie film which takes aim at adults, but misses the target.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Content to pitch most of its plot twists and gags squarely at kids.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

A ripper sci-fi comedy adventure guaranteed to galvanize the attention of the red-cordial crowd...delightful, pastel-coloured, busy piece of bubble-gum kids' cinema has fun playing up all the alien conspiracy theories.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Aliens of all shapes and sizes provide amusing banter in this likeable, happy and colourful 3D animation in which planets are saved and family ties nurtured.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

[The aliens] find 7-11s hypnotically beautiful and learn to love Slurpees. There are several scenes involving Slurpees.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Escape from Planet Earth is a mildly entertaining examination of intergalactic sibling rivalry that will probably appeal to many younger kids, but not to the parents who have to sit through it with them.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The best thing I can say about Escape From Planet Earth is that I didn't end up hating it as much as I thought I was going to during the first half.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An amiable animated feature that should entertain the younger kids.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Serviceable sci-fi - stopping momentarily at local theaters en route to its destiny on DVD as generic, escapist diversion for youngsters, teaching teamwork and preaching family loyalty and love.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Audience Reviews for Escape From Planet Earth

Here's me thinking I missed the latest Snake Plissken adventure from John Carpenter, but actually I didn't miss much at all. I hadn't even heard of this film before, I merely stumbled across the poster one day and it looked quite cool, the title was the eye catcher though, love that.

Problem is the films title doesn't really sum up the films plot all too well. A couple of aliens get caught on Earth by some evil military geezer and are held captive in an Area 51 type area...oh wait it is Area 51. There, alongside other captured aliens, they are forced to build this big death ray laser gun thing to destroy planets. Why? because the evil human military leader is evil and wants to...plus the Roswell aliens killed his dad in the infamous Roswell crash. Clever huh? no not really you're right.

So as you may have already guessed this CGI animated film contains almost every cliched cheesy cornball sci-fi in-joke and visual gag you can imagine. The entire film is completely pointless in the fact that the whole thing has been done time and time again and there really is no need for this to exist. The main alien characters just look dull, completely dull and lifeless blue cliched aliens. All the alien sidekicks they meet up with are your bog standard array of yet more cliches...a slimy alien, a big strong angry alien and a cute little furry alien, all bases covered.

I guess the real crime here (lame plot and character design aside) is the really really average CGI animation. The backgrounds, skies, spacescapes and landscapes all look nice, nothing to blow your eyes from their sockets but they are nice. But in general most of the locations/settings, all the characters, the equipment on display and alien planet terrain/city all look pretty damn generic and bland. Lets just call it planet bland with lots of interstellar alien logos, yep the aliens in this have their own TV stations, sponsors, adverts etc...just like us! its all very crap.

The voice cast doesn't boost your moral put it that way, you know to be weary when Brendan Fraser gets the lead role lets be honest. The story is weak and pointless, the visuals are bright and colourful but sorely lacking quality, few laughs to be had, drab characters and rather limp action sequences. This really is a poor man's 'Monsters vs Aliens' in every sense, feels more like a glossy kids cartoon for a dreary rainy Saturday afternoon.

Considering this is all about aliens and space adventure its virtually grounded on Earth for the whole run time, not much escaping going on anywhere.
January 27, 2014
phubbs1

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**
"Escape from Planet Earth" is one of those animated movies that just comes off as a cheap version of a Disney or Dreamworks movie. It's fine for like a straight to dvd movie, but not for a theatrical release(which it got). The animation is ok, nothing great or new, and the voice cast is decent. Brandon Fraser, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Corddry, among others do an ok with what they can. But they all honestly seem like their going through the motion, knowing this is going to be subpar at best. Overall, the story is just "meh". It's about a hot shot alien who goes to "the dark planet"(aka, Earth) to impress his fellow aliens. When he gets here he is captured and his dorky alien brother must come an save him. It has a few laughs, but overall it's kind of flat. I took my 2 year old(it was showing as one of the "Free Summer Kids" movies), and e seemed disinterested in it for the most part(he usually likes cartoons). This was originally in 3D, and some of it may have looked cool, but I think it's probably just as bland. Worth a one time watch with the kiddos? Sure. But it's probably not something that will be on repeat viewing.
July 1, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Earth's greatest secrets are about to break out!

Mediocre animated movie! Escape from Planet Earth isn't really the most ideal viewing for children, especially considering even at eighty-nine minutes it treads the fine-line of being much of a muchness. But there's a good heart, a somewhat interesting story, solid visual flair, tolerable characters, a recognizable and capable cast of voices, and the generic but welcomed warmth animated films so innocently bare. If it's the worst animated film I'll see this year, I'll be quietly content; if it's the best I'll be concerned.

The story takes place on planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA.
June 26, 2013
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

An exciting and thrilling animated feature, Escape From Planet Earth is entertaining and fun. After receiving an unidentified distress call from Earth the planet Baab sends their top astronaut to investigate, but when he's captured by the U.S. military he discovers a nefarious plot against aliens. Featuring William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, and Brendan Fraser, the film has a strong cast. Additionally, the comedy is pretty good (even though it does get a little too cartoonish at times). However, the plot is full of cliches; and while some of them work, others drag the film down. Yet despite its flaws, Escape From Planet Earth is a film that can be enjoyed by all ages.
March 6, 2014
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

    1. Kip Supernova: When I grow up, I want to be just like Uncle Scorch!
    2. Gary Supernova: Well, time to have another kid.
    – Submitted by Alexandria P (13 months ago)
    1. Gary Supernova: Scorch has been captured!
    – Submitted by rob g (16 months ago)
    1. Gary Supernova: Rescue pods don't self destruct!
    – Submitted by rob g (16 months ago)
    1. Scorch Supernova: It's so beautiful!
    – Submitted by rob g (16 months ago)
    1. Scorch Supernova: No questions, just pictures.
    – Submitted by rob g (16 months ago)
    1. Scorch Supernova: On our planet we shake but we can do it your way.
    – Submitted by Evan A (16 months ago)
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