Trailer Alert – The Giver

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the real world. Based on Lois Lowry’s book this looks like yet another teenage going against the ‘rules’ to live their own life no matter how many people they hurt. This does look like Equilibrium for kids but having two Oscar winner actors involved Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges gives it some creditability but it will be up to young stars Brenton Thwaites and Taylor Swift to shine through.


Do we need another teenager like rebellious book film?

Brenton Thwaites ever heard of him?

Read the book?

Hit or Miss?

Will I Be Watching? No

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –% 30%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Planet 51 (2009)

logoDirector: Jorge, Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martinez

Writer: Joe Stillman (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jessica Biel, John Cleese, Gary Oldman, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long, Seann William Scott


Plot: When Captain Charles T, Baker lands on Planet 51 he expects to go down in history as a great astronaut. He is surprised to find out that the planet is occupied by another alien life form, but he is the alien now. Lem helps hide Charles with his friends Skiff and Neera while the trigger happy General Grawl tries to track him down for Professor Kipple to experiment on.


Verdict: A fun comedy for all

Story: I would say the best thing about this story is that it reflexes how some American reacted to the ‘Alien Landing’ during the 50s. I say this because the film is set in the alien world’s 50s and are all fearing of visitors from out of space. It also comes off as a coming of age like tale for Lem who gets an unlikely mentor to help him discover who is really is and what he could achieve. In conclusion it would be fair to say the story has been done before but with little twists to the tale we get a very enjoyable film. (7/10)


Character Review: Captain Charles T. Baker – An astronaut with charisma and charm that has got him everywhere in life, but when it comes to being a hero he isn’t ready to step up. A good leader and mentor for Lem and his friends. (8/10)


Character Review: Lem – The unconfident dreamer who never seems to take the chances put on front of him. After meeting Captain Baker he learns about taking risks and taking chances. (8/10)


Character Review: Skiff – Lem’s conspiracy crazy friend who is big fan of the Humanoid film franchise depicting people from another world as evil. Usually the funniest character and has the best moments with Rover the robot. (8/10)


Character Review: General Grawl – The leader of the military to try and catch the alien because of everything he has been told. (8/10)


Character Review: Neera – Lem’s neighbour and love interest who ends up being like every over female love interest in this role in films. (7/10)


Character Review: Professor Kipple – The mad scientist who wants to look into the brain of the alien. (8/10)


Director Review: Jorge, Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martinez – Good direction to create a fun film. (8/10)


Adventure: Has some good elements of adventure involved. (8/10)

Comedy: Simply comedy with some clever reference jokes from sci-fi based films. (7/10)

Animation: Simple animation that works well. (8/10)

Believability: Animated no (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The world created is clever mixing vintage 50s culture with futuristic world. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would say try this, I think this would be a good film to show kids, but not really one for adults alone. (Try It)


Best Part: Space scene.

Worst Part: The hippies.

Action Scene Of The Film: Rover’s action escape.

Funniest Scene: Rover finds a rock with a creature on it.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No


Overall: Entertaining space adventure for the younger audience

Rating 72