Looks like DreamWorks brought back their A-team to do this 'Madagascar'. This was the kind of funny, over-the-top action that the first movie had, but unlike the second one, this had an actual storyline. Using Cirque du Soleil as the theme was a really inspired idea. It's a good reminder to go see a real Cirque show when you get a chance.
One side says the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution says it applies to state militias. Another side says it's an individual freedom. They're both right, and they're both wrong. The founding fathers didn't all agree on what they meant when they wrote it - Jefferson was in favor of an individual right to bear arms, much like today's NRA. But Madison wanted strict limits on gun ownership, and they had to settle for a compromise, that we're still fighting about today.
This is a fascinating history of the evolution of the meaning of our 2nd Amendment as our country changes from a small country at war with the world superpower to the superpower ourselves. From what started as a civic duty that every colonist owed their independent country (State) and their confederation, to just before the modern Supreme Court's interpretation that the "militia clause" is meaningless, Prof. Cornell goes over each major event in the country's history that changed the way we've looked at the right to bear arms.
If you have young kids, do yourself and your kids a favor and get them hooked on this series. Save the audiobooks for car trips, and get them reading the actual books. These are easy to read, and pure adventure. This is one of the first sets of books our kids started reading, and they're both A students in AAPS. Jack and Annie deserve some of the credit.
An early 'Bourne'-type spy/assassins movie. Fewer fancy locales, special effects, and explosions, but excellent performances and situations.
Pay close attention to Cliff Robertson's explanation at the end - he explains pretty well why we invaded Iraq, a few decades before it happened.
The CGI is OK, but in all other ways this is a pretty bad "alien zombies" movie. Everybody croaks, the aliens want your brain, even nuclear weapons don't stop them. Come on.
The CGI is a lot like the second two Matrix movies. The flying alien ships are basically rip-offs of the flying octopi things from the Matrix. Just a lot more of that, but mostly from a long distance away, so they didn't have to spend a lot of money on rendering.
Be glad you didn't shell out real money to see it.