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article imageReview: ‘Escape from Planet Earth’ doesn’t require evasion tactics Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Feb 15, 2013 in Entertainment
‘Escape from Planet Earth’ is about two brothers whose rivalry pulls them into an intergalactic conspiracy that threatens the safety of the entire galaxy.
There hasn't been an entertaining alien comedy in some time. It's amusing that the next out of this world hit is actually a family friendly cartoon. Escape from Planet Earth is a funny movie about brothers and sibling rivalry.
Scorch (Brendan Fraser) is planet Baab's hero. He laughs in the face of danger (literally) and rescues babies from baby-eating monsters. Everyone adores him, including his older, "little" brother Gary (Rob Corddry). Gary works at mission control and plays a major, though unacknowledged, role in making sure Scorch succeeds. But when harsh words are exchanged, Gary quits leaving Scorch to embark on his most dangerous mission alone. When he's captured on live television outside of a convenience store on Earth, Gary uncharacteristically jumps into action to save his brother.
What the trailer made look like a superficial children's picture is actually an enjoyable movie for all ages. Mr. James Bing is a snarky computer intelligence that always has a comment. Voiced by Ricky Gervais, it's even more amusing to hear him state the obvious or point out an error. The script isn't too simple, though it's still easy enough to follow. Older viewers will be able to predict the direction of the story and what little "surprises" the characters have in store for each other, but that doesn't take away the fun from the viewing experience.
The additional characters Gary encounters at the containment facility in Area 51 are also hilarious. They're all very intelligent and experts in their field, having invented key Earth advancements including Facebook. Jane Lynch's Io is a large, fierce woman with anger management issues. Craig Robinson's Doc is an alien Dr. Phil trying to help Io through her issues. George Lopez is one of the bigger personalities that keeps up the film's pace. His Thurman is a slimy, fast-talking extraterrestrial that sometimes misses the point. William Shatner provides the picture's sci-fi cred, voicing the devious colonel holding them all hostage.
There are some clever jokes for adults incorporated into the dialogue, as well as some British humour. The action occurs at regular intervals and varies in type from threatening chases to food fights. Outside of a couple of brief lulls, there isn't much to complain about.
Director: Cal Brunker
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry and Ricky Gervais
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