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February 23, 2013

New ‘Die Hard’ proves series is dead

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VALDOSTA — “Escape from Planet Earth” (Animation/Adventure)

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry and Jessica Alba

Director: Cal Brunker

Rated: PG (Violence and some crude humor)

Movie Review: Scorch Supernova (Fraser) leaves planet Baab for Earth, a place known as the Dark Planet. When Scorch is stranded on Earth, captured by the United States military, his nerdy brother, Gary Supernova (Corddry), goes to Earth to attempt a rescue.

This animated piece is adventurous but not overwhelming. The neatest part is that Earth is known as the place where aliens disappear. Earth is sort of the Bermuda Triangle of the galaxy.

For a family film, this is kind of bland with fewer laughs than most films that target children. This exists because the characters are atypical heroes. The nerd rescues the muscled jock. The problem is neither is interesting nor brilliant. Even more, no imminent danger appears readily.

Log this one as another easy to sit through and easier to forget movie.

Grade: C- (A minor planetary diversion.)

“Beautiful Creatures” (Adventure/Fantasy/Romance: 2 hours, 3 minutes)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thomson and Jeremy Irons

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Rated: PG-13 (Strong language and violence)

Movie Review: Ethan Wate (Ehrenreich) is just a normal high school teen wanting to leave the small South Carolina town in which he lives. His life changes when he meets Lena Duchannes (Englert), who is keeping a big secret. Duchannes is a 15-year-old sorcerer about to reach the apex of her power. An old family curse will make Duchannes’ transformation taxing for her relationship with Wate. Even more, Duchannes and Wate discover interesting histories about their families that could prove dangerous for them both.

For a modern movie, this films appears like a bad flick of the 1970s. It is creepy yet playful in an unserious manner that makes all unconvincing.

The film is based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This screenplay appears really for those who are a fans of the novel. Otherwise, it appears much is missing from the story here, mainly undeveloped characters, as if the prequel to this underdeveloped plot is missing. Because of this, secondary characters are flat.

Ehrenreich is from California. His Southern accent is over stressed. At some point, northerners will learn that not all southerners talk similarly. Englert is bland. As a couple, Ehrenreich and Englert have little chemistry.

Other characters are uninteresting, too. Excluding the senior cast members Davis, Irons and Thompson, the characters not interesting. Davis, Irons and Thompson are only barely interesting because they present better acting than other actors.        

Grade: C- (Boring Creatures.)

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