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May 08, 2009

Movie Review Friday: Battle For Terra

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week we review a film with an environmental theme that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a short review and look for it in the next Movie Review Friday.

Battle for Terra (2009)
In theaters now

If you want to take your kids to a movie that doesn't feature princesses, licensed characters, or talking dogs, check out Battle for Terra, an animated film that plays out in a future in which humans have destroyed their natural resources and ruined their planet. The only human survivors have traveled the cosmos for generations, looking for a potential new home. They finally find one on the planet Terra – but there’s a catch. For the humans to survive, they must flood Terra’s atmosphere with oxygen, poisoning its native creatures.

Terra's inhabitants are a peaceful people with no concept of war, and initially think the human invaders are gods. They quickly learn that the opposite is true and must decide what they are willing to do in order to save their planet. Can both races coexist, or must one wipe out the other to survive?

The beautiful and detailed world of Terra will entice children, and the complex themes of choice and consequences, free will versus the collective good, and the dangers of blind faith in leadership (on both sides) will keep adults engaged and entertained. The voicing cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Luke Wilson, Dennis Quaid, and Amanda Peet, and it's playing in 3D in some places.

--Lisa Reiser

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