Titan A.E. tek's rating: ½

Titan A.E. (PG)
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Well, I think this movie is really pretty damn cool. Um... there's some CG, but it's mostly cel. Anyway, the A.E. stands for "After Earth." Here's the thing: in the 31st century, some humans were working on a new ship called the Titan. It involved a new technology which could prove very important, revolutionary. And some aliens called the Drej weren't happy about this, so they decided to destroy the Earth and the entire human race. Of course, some humans managed to escape, and scattered around the galaxy. I guess most of them lived on drifter colonies, but the main character, Cale Tucker (voiced by Matt Damon), lived on a salvage station. He was very young when the Earth was destroyed, and had been raised for the past 15 years by an alien named Tek (Tone Loc), who had been a friend of Cale's father, Sam (Ron Perlman), who had been, I guess, the head of the Titan project.

One day, a ship called the Valkyrie arrives at the salvage station. The captain is a human named Korso (Bill Pullman), and his crew includes a human girl named Akima (Drew Barrymore), and assorted aliens named Preed (Nathan Lane), Gune (John Leguizamo), and Stith (Janeane Garofalo). Korso tells Cale that the ring his father had given him just before the Earth was destroyed was a map, coded to Cale's DNA, which would lead them to the Titan, which could provide humans with a new homeworld. (What the ship would have been used for if the Earth hadn't been destroyed, and what the Drej were so afraid of, I never figured out, but whatever; well, actually there's a clear reason for them to be afraid of the technology, but I can't imagine why it would've been used against them if they didn't do what they did. Idiots.) Anyway, the Drej want to finish wiping out the human race, especially Cale. And they want to find the Titan, and destroy it. So, the Valkyrie crew and the Drej race to find the Titan first. There are a few twists along the way, but of course, in the end the good guys win. And that's about all I can think to say. I like the look of the movie, and I think it's fairly exciting, and amusing. I definitely recommend it. (Oh yeah, by way of enticement, I should mention that the screenwriters include Joss Whedon and Bed Edlund.)

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