Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dans une galaxie près de chez vous

Honestly, I'm not a fan of comedies or sci-fi films. However, although this spin-off of a cult TV series (here in Quebec) is a disposable entertainment material, the film will make you laugh. Of course, it's easy to accept it provided that you sometimes accept the film's blatant silliness.

In 2039, Earth is gradually becoming hostile for human life because of pollution. For that matter, the ozone layer had been completely destroyed. This is why the world has turned itself to Canada since 2034 because it has a highly developed space program and it's the first world super power. As always, the crew on the Romano Fafard led by Capt. Charles Patenaude (Guy Jodoin) tries to find a planet where humanity can move once and for all.

Instead of solely sticking to their mission, the crew wants to deport Brad Spitfire (Stéphane Crête), the most hated member of the crew, on the planet Exotica before they go on the planet that can welcome humanity. However, as things get complicated on Exotica, the crew must race against the clock if they want to go the planet fit to welcome humanity.

Whether you're a child or an adult, be sure that this film sticks to the TV series's reputation, which is to make jokes that can enthral people of all ages. These jokes are mostly cultural jokes that Quebeckers (and people from other Canadian provinces to another extent) can understand very easily that hopefully avoid being vulgar. Besides, who cares if the plot twists don't make any sense to you; the most important thing here is to appreciate the jokes. Besides, one may feel even more the reasons to do it since the cast's absurd (but smart) enthusiasm is here to cheer us up.

Finally, some might cringe because of the fact that the film looks a little bit like a level B sci-fi film with a low-budget. However, we shouldn't see things like this, since it's amazing to see how the filmmakers managed to deliver a lot of things with a limited budget.

Rating: 3/5

Origin:Canada (2004)
Length:109 minutes
Screenplay:Claude Legault and Pierre-Yves Bernard
Director:Claude Desrosiers
Starring:Guy Jodoin, Claude Legault, Didier Lucien, Sylvie Moreau, Mélanie Maynard and Réal Bossé

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