Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Planet 51 is a story of an resident of a planet who encounters a human alien and he has to save him from opening the human's brains out.
In this age of digital animation, the challenge is to create a life-like scenario without actually resembling the real world. The characters move smoothly and the scenes are downright colorful; superb script too though it tends to idealize the American psyche before the world; thus, it clings on to classic Hollywood format.
Who is the human and who is the alien? This is an ageless question in the mind of the American who is forever defining who the real "Americans" are in contrast with the "aliens", foreigners, or Non-Americans. It hasn't transcended skins and cultural barriers on what it means to be truly "human". This is the weakness of the film. Thus, whatever values the film embraces would hold true for a chosen few and not for the majority of humankind. When will we transcend from these barriers and embrace the world of unity? Whatever applies to others should apply first to ourselves.