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‘Escape from Area 51’ review: Sci-fi comedy is better off stupid

Ignorance is bliss.

Escape from Area 51 is a science fiction comedy that brings together the combined forces of Baywatch and Motley Crue. If that is not enough incentive to watch a movie, then it may be time to revisit your standards. Sheera (Donna D’Errico) escapes from Area 51 after a botched raid by conspiracy theorists. Before she gets home, she must evade an Area 51 scientist (Veronica Farren) and the evil Sklarr (Chris Browning).

Obviously, the film is not meant to be taken seriously. Escape from Area 51 includes a data pad that Sheera has to operate orally and plenty of jokes about anal probing. The film also makes sure to include lots of sexual innuendos in place of actual character development. Despite the juvenile script, they are almost able to pull it off. The opening sequence probably has the best laughs of the movie and will draw audiences in. There are also some decent special effects during one scene involving a corpse and Frankie Sixx (daughter D’Errico and the Crue’s Nikki Sixx). Those looking for the sci-fi cheese of earlier decades will also find enjoyment in Escape from Area 51. 

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Most will end up tiring of the movie, however. Many times, the film plays like a music video from decades ago. In its better moments, it looks like a modern day YouTube upload. This can partially be chalked up to budget, but when the animated dancing aliens pop in for no apparent reason, it is clear Escape from Area 51 made some odd stylistic choices. And none of them were for the better.

Most of this would be harmless. Corny sci-fi movies were the standard of the genre for decades, after all. Unfortunately, the movie strays away from its adolescent comedy into serious topics. Even the silliest stories have a surface level message about confidence or standing up for oneself. But when Escape from Area 51 addresses mass shootings things go from mildly acceptable to insultingly awful.

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