I first found out about Area 51 in the mid nineties as the height of the X-Files' fame. Area 51 is the codename given to a section of land in the Nevada desert in America. Allegedly, it contains the remains of crashed UFOs etc. I always thought it would make a good movie. I still think it would - the emphasis being that it would make a GOOD movie. Sadly, this is no good.
Er, where do I begin? The cheap special effects? The shoddy acting? The wafer-thin characters? The ludicrous plot holes? It's all there - unfortunately.
Basically, what you have here, is a made-for-TV movie, i.e. wobbly sets, unknown actors and not much more.
Bottom line - it's just short of okay. Some people may like it, but not many. There are so many better alien films out there - like `Alien' for example.
Plus side - the leading lady is cute (that's probably more a plus point for the guys - I can see too many women swooning over sci-fi stalwart Bruce Boxleighter).
Oh, well, never mind. I may have wasted an hour and a half of my life, but it was still more entertaining than a Transformers movie.
(and, who gave this film 5/5 on Amazon? they serious must be taking the pi...)