Adventure Movies, by Ajay Singh, 03 March 2011

Director: Greg Mottola

Stars: Simon Pegg, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Jane Lynch, Seth Rogen

Country: Spain | France | UK | USA

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Language: English

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The latest inventive and fast moving comedy from the brains of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this sees the duo teaming up with director Greg Mottola for a fast paced and hilarious excursion into the mysteries of Area 51 in Nevada, long suspected to be a vast facility for researching into captured alien spacecraft. Or something. Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) are two Sci Fi obsessives (not unlike their real personas!) making a pilgrimage to Area 51 where they encounter Paul, a rough voiced alien who has been living on the compound for the last 60 years and who decided to run away with them.

Effects have come a long way since Jar Jar Binks and Paul really feels like he is part of the action, a genuine character as real as Clive and Graeme. In part this is down to Seth Rogen who voices the alien and gives him a real personality but it’s worth mentioning that the CG is amongst the best I have seen. Pegg and Frost are doing their usual thing and doing it well but the addition of Paul bring an interesting new dynamic to the familiar on screen partnership.

The story is basically a pastiche of the millions of Alien abduction type movies and TV shows, especially “The X Files” and “ET” and is written by two men who know their stuff. Every cliché is touched upon and a whole lot of fun is had with a surprisingly deep subplot involving evangelical Christians who have a severe evolution problem. It’s a really funny film, as you would expect from these guys track record though with a different feel to “Shaun of the dead” and “Hot Fuzz”, possibly down to a change in director. Mottola, previously known for “Superbad” handles the movie very well, bringing pace and style and knowing that the camera can also be used to make gags.

And of course being a Pegg film there are plenty of in jokes for the SF enthusiast, continuing a trait that runs right back to his breakout TV comedy “Spaced”.

Kirsten Wiigs is brilliant as the religiously confused daughter of zealot Moses Buggs and the guest cast offer solid support with Jason Bateman as Special Agent Lorenzo Zoli really getting his teeth into the “Agent Muldur” bit but the real star is Paul himself. A great film continuing the fine Frost and Pegg tradition of being brilliantly funny and scoring on the visuals.

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Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader
Director: Greg Mottola
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Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 104 minutes

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