Mr. Movie

'Battle for Terra' excellent 3-D, not much of plot

Creatures with physical features combining fish with human attributes dwell on Terra.

Though their society is a tad repressive and shuns technology, life on Terra is peaceful until the rag-tag remnant of humanity — living in a gargantuan space ship — invades.

Somewhere in the mish-mash plot is a why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along moral.

Not that anyone will care.

Battle for Terra’s impressive 3-D effects make up for the less-than-impressive story.

What’s not clear is the film’s target demographic. Though young kids are as wowed as their parents by three-dimensional effects, neither age group has an attention span long enough to sit through this yawner.

Teens will love the effects, but the story moves too slow for a group more in love with the half-hour chunks of Asian cartoon crap found on the Cartoon Network than anything really original.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 1/2 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday, May 1 at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.