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51 (After Dark Originals) (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058ZPN9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,604 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Pressure is mounting on the Air Force concerning their most secretive base, Area 51, used to house elusive “long-term visitors.” Bowing to political and public pressure, two reporters are granted limited access to the facility. But when one of the “visitors” uses the visit as a chance to liberate himself and fellow captives, Area 51 turns from a secure government base to a horrifying destination of terror.

"There are no aliens to be found in Area 51." So says the military commander (Bruce Boxleitner) of the place, in a statement that almost guarantees major extraterrestrial mayhem is about to commence. As 51 opens, a journalist (Vanessa Branch) and a politician (John Shea) are embarking on a top-secret tour of the fabled research unit, and at that exact moment the alien residents decide to stage a little rebellion. One of the creatures can shape-shift (à la The Thing), which means the human fighters can't trust their eyes. This "After Dark" straight-to-video installment is surprisingly competent: director Jason Connery (yes, Sean's actor son) exploits the straightforward situation in trim, efficient fashion, and an unusual number of dialogue exchanges are actually involving. In other words, the actions of the characters might make no sense, but at least they sound good performing them. Jason London and Rachel Miner fill out the cast as soldiers (respectively dopey and tough) who must rise to the occasion when faced with an otherworldly foe. It probably helps to go in with low expectations, but this contained little thriller is a cut above the general run of such things. --Robert Horton

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 51 IS NOT THAT ORIGINAL September 29, 2011
Be warned...51 is NOT a "true" After Dark original like others in the series. 51 is a SyFy channel tv movie and it shows. Unlike earlier ADO superior efforts, 51 is an amateurish attempt to cash in on the iconic legend of Area 51.
Under Jason Connery's (son of 007 Sean) pedestrian direction, the plot is fairly simple: a group of reporters is inexplicably granted permission to tour the legendary Hangar 18 and upon their arrival, one of the captive aliens stages an uprising resulting in the release of other dangerous aliens.
There are no CGI monsters, rather a return to the men in rubber suits circa the 1950's. Connery even allows the camera to dwell shamelessly on these creatures to further stress the low budget.
B movie stalwarts Bruce Boxleitner, Jason London, Rachel Miner and John Shea try gamely but given their material, there's not much hope. And let's not forget the friendly Yoda clone---how original!
51 is sort of entertaining in a quirkish way but certainly not a classic!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Low rent alien dirge, about what you'd expect September 24, 2011
51, or Area 51, or whatever you want to call it, is another Sci-Fi Channel co-production (like the cringe-worthy Scream of the Banshee) with this year's After Dark lineup. With that all in mind, you probably already know what you're getting here. Directed by Jason Connery (son of Sean) and featuring genre stalwarts like Bruce Boxleitner, Jason London, Rachel Miner, and John Shea all slumming it here as the fabled military base succumbs to an attack by the aliens they've been keeping prisoner for years, 51 delivers the goods for those looking for low-quality shocks and splatters. It really is better than the sum of its parts however, even with the overly weak acting and occasional unintentional hilarity that arises during some of the action sequences. All in all, 51 isn't the worst flick of this type you'll come across, and that has to count for something I guess in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense/mystery movie January 23, 2014
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This was a great edge of seat movie. Good acting and lots of action. Highly recommended. You won't be sorry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 51 October 22, 2013
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It was an very average alien thriller. I thought it was about as good as an average episode of the x-files.
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By Viva
Too bad the cast was wasted here, because this movie is trying very hard to be Alien, Hangar 18, and who knows what else...and failing miserably at all of them. Cheesy, cheap, dull, illogical, and more.
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