Area 51, on the Syfy Channel, stars Rachel Miner, Jason London, Bruce Boxleitner, Vanessa Branch & John Shea, of the 1993 fame, Lois & Clark.
Area 51 (or just ‘51‘ on IMDb and in the movie poster above) is directed by Sean Connery’s son, Jason Connery (Pandemic, The Devil’s Tomb) and the screenplay is written by Kenny Yakkel and Lucy Mukerjee. On the Syfy Channel TV menu it’s called Area 51, but all other references say 51. Go figure!
The movie opens with the military begrudgingly giving a tour of the super-secret militay base known as Area 51. The military wants to put on a show of looking like they’re letting the press see things they’re not supposed to, to satisfy their curiosity.
Yet the press is on to the trick and are looking for more than the truth they’re shown.
We’re then introduced to some of the military personnel in their different roles and then to one of the aliens that they have in a subterranean level.
As bad luck and bad timing would have it, while the press tour is going on, the aliens choose to break out. At first I didn’t realize there was more than one, but it would seem that there were three different aliens making a break for it and during their standard running for their lives mode, they encounter a fourth, smart and friendly alien.
Area 51 felt like the standard Syfy Channel Saturday Night Original movie. They seem to take a little more effort in trying to create more depth to the characters than most other Saturday night movies. At times it’s a bit trying to endure but i appreciate what they’re trying to do.
The aliens ran the broad range of interesting to pretty good effect… (for a Syfy aired movie.)
If you can get past the first body-suit alien, it was a bit slow at the front end but panned out to be an OK TV flick that would suffice and is on par and maybe a tiny bit better than the average Syfy Original movie.
What I’m not looking forward to is the blatant rip-off of their upcoming original movie, Battle of Los Angeles, an obvious knock off of the upcoming real movie, Battle: Los Angeles. But it will be airing before the real movie, so I’ll have nothing to compare it too until after the fact.