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Battle for Terra (2007/2009)


Battle for Terra (2009)
Originally released as “Terra” in 2007 outside the US

Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, James Garner, Chris Evans, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, David Cross, Justin Long, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson

Directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas

Expectations: Low. I’m not too fond of 3D animation, but I love sci-fi.


I’m a huge science fiction fan. This is a blessing and a curse. In the case of Battle for Terra, it’s a bit of both. There’s nothing wrong with the film, it’s pretty good. As a long-time sci-fi fan though, there isn’t anything in this film that’s particularly new or unexplored within the genre. It is very similar to Avatar in that way. What makes this more enjoyable than Avatar is Terra‘s eighty-four minute runtime. It doesn’t over stay its welcome.

The film opens by introducing an alien culture living in a tree-like structure floating above the clouds. The inhabitants of the city look like ants, but they don’t have legs and they float around as well. It’s sci-fi, just go with it. One day, a mysterious ship covers the sun and some villagers get abducted. A rebellious child named Mala (Evan Rachel Wood) investigates the situation and we’re off.

The film moves along at a brisk pace and never gets boring. There are a couple of logic flaws and the characters are a bit flat, but one expects that from a kid’s movie. The character models were too simple and cartoonish for me and some of the textures could be better, but those are complaints due to my age more than anything else. I was on the edge of my seat during a couple of fantastic, tense moments when one of the characters must make huge, moral decisions. The scenes held real weight and were edited well to increase this tension. The end battle also teems with action and excitement. The film is well shot and edited, making for an overall visually pleasing film.

For younger viewers, this is a great introduction to the sci-fi genre and many of its classic themes. I wouldn’t be surprised if this film builds a cult following of kids that loved it growing up, much in the same way that I love The Last Starfighter or Flight of the Navigator. They aren’t the best movies, but they were there during my formative years and they helped expand my mind into science fiction horizons. Battle for Terra is one of those types of films, it just came around a few years too late to catch me completely in its spell.

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April 19, 2010 - Posted by | 2000s, Action, Kids, Movie Reviews, Rating: 2 & 1/2 Stars, Science Fiction | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. Once again my man you find a flick that I am not familiar with. What kind of role does Luke Wilson really have in this one?

    Comment by jpfmovies | April 20, 2010 | Reply

    • He voices one of the main supporting characters. He’s in most of the movie.

      Comment by silveremulsion | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. Also let’s start a collaboration on some HK or Chinese movies soon, I think that would be great.

    Comment by jpfmovies | April 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Yeah, how do you want to do it and what movies?

      Comment by silveremulsion | April 21, 2010 | Reply

      • Wilson is in most of the movie! I am going to download it. As for the Compare/Contrast Asian Movie, you pick the first one.

        Comment by jpfmovies | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. Man you are moving along with your reviews at a pretty good clip, keep it up!

    Comment by jpfmovies | April 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, I watch a lot of stuff so I get backed up if I don’t post them fairly quick. I’ve been wanting to watch “Once Upon a Time in China” again lately so let’s start with that. How do you want to work it? I was thinking we could both post a write-up the same day and then we link each other’s review.

      Comment by silveremulsion | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. Sounds Good–we will do a syskal and ebert type of thing–what day are you thinking of?

    Comment by jpfmovies | April 22, 2010 | Reply

    • I’ll probably watch it on Saturday, so I could have something up by Sunday morning-ish. does that work for you?

      Comment by silveremulsion | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  5. it sure does.

    Comment by jpfmovies | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  6. Woops I a sorry I left you a post asking if we were still doing it, I forgot the Sunday Morning time frame, my mistake.

    JPF

    Comment by jpfmovies | April 24, 2010 | Reply


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