Area 51 (2015)




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Three curious teenagers head to the mythic "Area 51" section of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert.
R (for language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Paramount/Momentum Films

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Darrin Bragg
as Darrin
Glenn Campbell
as Himself
Frank Novak
as Frank Novak
Jelena Nik
as Jelena
Roy Abramsohn
as Jim Nelson
Concepcion West
as Little A 'Le'Inn Waitress
James Decker
as Kooky Rachel Local
Jennefer Ludwigsen
as Jennefer Ludwigsen
Jenna Thornsberry
as Area 51 Employee's Wife
Amelia Thornsberry
as Employee Daughter
Suze Lanier-Bramlett
as Jennefer's Mom
Saxton Cole Hurley
as Son of Jennefer
Bradley Laise
as Hybrid
Jolene Andersen
as Reid's Sister
Jamel King
as Darrin's Brother
Robin Tweed
as Ben's Mother
Christopher Frederick
as UFO Interview 1
Jonathan Hausfater
as Party Guest Interview 1
Russ Taylor
as UFO Interview 2
Matthew Hausfater
as Party Guest Interview 2
David Saucedo
as UFO Interview 3
Norio Hayakawa
as Norio Hayakawa
Kara Lindquist
as Party Guest Interview 3
Kenny Richards
as Guard Stuntman
Victor Dante
as Creepy Local
Stephen Bassett
as Political Activist
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Critic Reviews for Area 51

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The relatively tense final half-hour is clearly the reason that very smart producer Jason Blum thought this would be a solid follow-up to "Paranormal Activity." It's that first hour that is the reason it took six years to (barely) get released.

Full Review… | May 15, 2015
Top Critic

You can literally skip the first 45 minutes of Area 51 and not miss a thing.

Full Review… | September 8, 2015

...improves considerably once the protagonists make their way into the (poorly fortified) compound...

Full Review… | May 29, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

Area 51 is everything that's wrong with not only found footage films, but also weak-minded sci-fi thrillers that think crazed talking heads and fuzzy shadows are scary enough.

Full Review… | May 19, 2015
We Got This Covered

There's no creative leap to enjoy and little filmmaking finesse to study. Instead, it's more of the same, and in the five years "Area 51" has been sitting on the shelf, every studio and aspiring horror moviemaker has beaten Peli at his own game.

Full Review… | May 15, 2015

Audience Reviews for Area 51

This movie perfectly captures the intensely mysterious and intriguing vibe of Area 51. And surprisingly, upon my second viewing of this movie, I liked it even more. There are subtle details throughout the movie that foreshadow and somewhat explain the ending, which I loved. There are a couple of unnecessary scenes and a bit of iffy dialogue here and there. However, this movie was overall quite intriguing, tense, and very well made. And the last 30 minutes? Mind blowing, visually and mentally. Any patient and geeky mind will love this movie.

Brandon Moore
Brandon Moore

Though well-researched, I was more entertained by "Batman & Robin" and "Battlefield: Earth" than I was by this film.

Jerod Batte
Jerod Batte

For UFO conspiracy theorist this movie will prove to be an exciting ride! Obviously flawed, but hey, it's Hollywood (sort of).

Alex Gernert
Alex Gernert

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