Monday, February 15, 2010

Posted by cendol

Planet 51 is the party pooper, looking to pass itself off as a spirited sci-fi romp crammed with slapstick and four-quadrant-friendly pop culture references to best wow the crowds. The picture is actually a poorly conceived comedy spotlighting a collection of anal-centric humor that’s about as appealing as baseball bat to the face. After watching a few creative minds take the animation genre to soaring heights, the dreadful routine and vulgar imagination of Planet 51 is all the more dispiritingly amplified.

Life on Planet 51 is good, with the populace enjoying a 1950’s standard of living, adorned with hovering extraterrestrial technology. For young Lem (voiced by Justin Long), the future is bright, having secured an ideal job at the local planetarium and learning the girl of his dreams (Jessica Biel) is into him.

However, everything changes when a NASA ship lands on the planet, carrying astronaut Chuck Baker (Dwayne Johnson) inside. Branded an alien intruder, Baker runs for his life, separating himself from his only ride back to Earth. As hysteria rolls through the town, encouraged by General Grawl (Gary Oldman), Lem finds himself face to face with Baker, believing the arrogant spaceman means no harm. With the assistance of his friends (including Seann William Scott) and mechanical pal Rover (think Wall-E), Lem attempts to elude capture as he helps Baker get back to Earth.



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