I was hoping that “Planet 51” would be another really good movie like “Monsters vs. Aliens” but it turned out be something of a dud. The premise behind the movie is simple: we’re not alone in the universe and when we finally have the chance to make contact with an alien species that is almost as advanced as we are, we turn out to be the fearsome flying saucer threat.
The movie is filled with in-jokes and homages to many other movies like “Alien”, “Terminator”, “Star Wars”, “WALL-E”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Back to the Future”, “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers”, “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, “E.T.”, and a horde more than that. The in-jokes poke fun at flying saucer myths, Area 51, government conspiracy theorists, Albert Einstein, General Douglas MacArthur, and maybe James Bond. Not sure about Bond, though. I was even reminded of “Cars”.
There are funny moments scattered throughout the story but even the kids in the audience failed to laugh through most of the movie. I would not pay full price for the show.
Sorry to the people who worked on the movie but I’m afraid it just didn’t cut the mustard.