Battle for Terra

2007 "Their world is mankind's only hope for survival."
6.5| 1h25m| PG| en
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A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.

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Nonureva Really Surprised!
CommentsXp Best movie ever!
ThedevilChoose When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.
Casey Duggan It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
wizi0007 Really now. I can't believe I saw this movie only because I liked it's name. What I mean is, even though it's such a good one, I never saw any big posters no reviews or even a trailer before seeing the name on a list of released movies that year. And it was too late into the year to go to a screening. Only now have i seen it when I coincidentally saw a DVD box in store.Visually, the movie was simple and at the same time somehow beautiful. but when battle came, it became a full blown SF battle scene. Very satisfying. Voice acting was good but at times felt dull. Though i noticed it only at a second sitting.story wise, I did expect a story of humans trying to terraform an inhabited planet and decisions following this act. But I never expected to see the "alien" invasion from a perspective of inhabitants in a way that made me think. Think a lot. About what is right and what side is right. Also having a stereotype in my head that modern western animated movies are mainly aimed at children, I think that this movie might not be for those under 7 or 8. Even without gore, the killings were apparent. This movie was full of surprises for me. A rare enjoyable one hour spent. Really. It felt like any full length Hollywood flick. I was engrossed in the happenings and emotions of this movie that i forgot about the passage of time.
Jonathon Dabell Battle For Terra is quite unusual in some ways for an animated feature film. Its themes are quite weighty, its questions probing and its answers surprisingly ambiguous. This is not typical kiddie fare: for one thing, the good guys make mistakes and bad choices from time to time, while the bad guys have legitimate reasons for committing the wrongs they do, rather than merely being evil for evils' sake. And on top of all that, the film remembers to be entertaining, meaning that all the weightiness and thematic ambivalence doesn't become a bore. It's not a perfect film but it's certainly worth a look, especially if you crave an animated film with a different 'flavour' than most.Terra is a distant planet populated by a cultured and sophisticated alien race. It also happens to be the planet which the survivors of a civil war which destroyed planet Earth choose to invade and take for their new home. The humans are struck by Terra's similarity to Earth, with rain, snow, wind and plant-life, but one key difference is that there is no oxygen in Terra's atmosphere. A young Terrian girl named Mala (voice of Evan Rachel Wood) manages to capture a human fighter pilot, Jim Stanton (voice of Luke Wilson) when his fighter shuttle crashes during a raid. She builds an oxygen tent for him and nurses him back to help, and soon a bond develops between them as they learn to appreciate each other's culture. Mala learns that the humans have travelled across the galaxy aboard an Ark, intending to seize Terra from the Terrians. Later she and Jim make an even worse discovery – that the war-crazed General Hammer (voice of Brian Cox), who is in charge of the Earth forces, plans to use a machine they possess to make the atmosphere breathable by injecting huge quantities of oxygen. Alas, oxygen will prove fatal to any remaining Terrians and they will quickly die out. Jim and Mala eventually find themselves reluctant participants in an epic-scale war for Terra, Jim fighting to destroy a race that he has come to care for, while Mala must defeat her human friend and all his compatriots in order to save her home planet.Battle For Terra is at its best when the focus is on the rich and wonderful world of Terra – the detail that has gone into creating this believable alien society is packed with ingenuity and imagination. Throughout, the film is a visual treat. The story itself is told simply, with fairly routine dialogue, but the main conflict which drives the story (the survival of the human race .vs. the Terrians right to live in peace on their own planet) is dealt with interestingly. Perhaps the bravest decision of all is to tell the story from a Terrian point of view, making the invaders from Earth almost the villains of the piece. It takes skill to make the audience root for an alien society over their own kind, but by-and-large the film pulls it off. Overall the vocal acting is pretty good, although the need for so many bona fide stars (Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, James Garner, Luke Wilson, Mark Hamill, Brian Cox, Amanda Peet, Beverly D'Angelo, Rosanna Arquette) is debatable. The film's ending quite cleverly manages to avoid sentimentality (with an unexpected death for one of the main characters) and, although the ultimate resolution could be accused of being a little too pat, there are enough thought-provoking moments along the way to make the film a worthwhile watch.
peterlane5 Pretty much a hybrid of WALL.E and James Cameron's Avatar but I still found it to be very good but I wouldn't call this a kids movie due to the serious tone of it. Plot: Earth is gone due to depleted resources. It's two colonies, Mars and Venus are also gone due to war. The remaining humans live in a space ship called The Ark, searching for a new home. The stumble on a nearly habitable planet called Terra which is inhabited by a peaceful species that has long given up weapons and have no need for war. The humans want to terraform the planet which would result in the death of the natives. It's up to a native girl named Mala(voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) and a human pilot(voiced by Luke Wilson) to stop this from happening and bring peace between the two races. What I liked about this movie was that humans are the invaders, not the aliens. It reminded me a lot of Avatar. The plot lines are similar, but I wont fault this movie for that because this movie came out 2 years before Avatar. Believe it or not, I actually found the characters to be more developed in this. A lot of good actors and actresses lend their voices such as Brian Cox, James Garner, Chris Evans, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, David Cross, and Dennis Quaid. I'm surprised that that this movie didn't get more recognition because I enjoyed it. The animation, voice acting, and story are all really good. If I had known I would have enjoyed as much as I did, I would have paid more than 5 bucks for it.
robot_rollcall Battle for Terra has the elements of a great sci-fi flick but suffers from flawed delivery. Although slow and predictable, it comes through on an emotional level in the end.Battle for Terra is similar to Avatar, but in Battle for Terra the stakes for the humans are no less than survival or extinction. After generations traveling through deep space the human ship is falling apart and oxygen is running out. Earth has long since been destroyed (by war, what else?) and now only chance of survival for the human race is to alter the atmosphere of Terra, which is composed primarily of helium, allowing humans to live there.Aside from the poor pacing and aged CG, which resembles A Bug's Life, the movie would have benefited from more subtlety. By the end of the film the humans only have a few weeks of oxygen left, setting the fate of the human race against the destruction of every living thing on planet Terra, most of all the benevolent and intelligent terrians. Sounds exciting, right? Unfortunately, the human general is almost as over the top as Colonel Quaritch from James Cameron's Avatar, making the climatic battle's outcome near obvious from the beginning.Most kids will probably be too bored to make it through this movie. The world of Terra is surprisingly dull; the alien dwellings are a bleak, bone-like color surrounded by white clouds, inhabited by pale terrians and other various pale creatures. Have you ever been depressed on a cloudy day? That's how you'll feel after visiting Terra. Still, there's enough here to keep you interested if you're willing to look.You have to use your imagination to truly enjoy Terra and because of that some people won't be able to stand this film, some will find it fascinating, and others (like me) will see it as the great film that could have been.