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Rated PG · 91 minutes · 2009

Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Science fiction
This slick animated movie looks good, but it’s extremely lacking when it comes to plot and purpose. An astronaut (voice of Dwayne Johnson) representing America lands on a distant planet. Before he can claim the planet for Earth, he discovers that he is, in fact, an alien on a planet inhabited by little green men. Because they think he will turn them into zombies (their planet, for some reason, has a 1950s vibe), the green men look to capture the astronaut for scientific experiments. A young scientist (voice of Justin Long) winds up trying to help the astronaut get back to his spaceship, and lots of chase scenes ensue. The film is poorly edited; many of the scenes go nowhere, and the movie feels a lot longer than it is. Too bad, because the premise is cute, and the animation is decent. It also features the voices of Gary Oldman as a grouchy general and Jessica Biel as the love interest.
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/planet51
Director: Jorge Blanco
Producer: Ignacio Dolcet, Guy Collins, Juan Antonio Ramirez, Peter Graves, Michael Ryan, Jose Rodriguez Diaz, Javier Dolset, Albie Hecht, Patrick Meehan, Mercedes Gamero, Stephen Margolis, Ricardo García Arrojo and Albert Martin
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann Scott, John Cleese, Alan Marriott and Freddie Benedict

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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Blind Side, An Education, Planet 51, The Twilight Saga: New Moon 11/19/2009
Portland Mercury The Spaceman Cometh Planet 51: In which the Rock teaches us about xenophobia. by Jane Carlen 11/19/2009
The Coast Halifax Don't look for satire on Planet 51 Meathead Dwayne Johnson is right at home with the kids and aliens. by Hillary Titley 11/26/2009

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