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    September 23, 2009

    MOVIE REVIEW: G-FORCE

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    English – (U) – 17 September 2009 – Action/Adventure/Family
    Distributed by: Buena Vista
    Running time: 88 minutes
    Director: Hoyt Yeatman
    Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
    Writer: Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
    Casts: Nicolas cage, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis, Dee Bradley Baker
    Plot: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with "G-Force", a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the "G-Force" are guinea pigs Darwin (Sam Rockwell), the squad leader determined to succeed at all costs; Blaster (Tracy Morgan), an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude and a love for all things extreme; and Juarez (Penelope Cruz), a sexy martial arts pro; plus the literal fly-on-the-wall reconnaissance expert, Mooch and a star-nosed mole, Speckles (Nicolas Cage), the computer and information specialist.

    The Verdict:

    Green Tea Bern says:

    The world may need a bigger hero but we certainly do not need them now. The movie is sold under the name of Jerry Bruckheimer, considering it a timely return of the respected producer to a family-theme comedy while it is also first to note that this is Hoyt Yeatman's first directorial effort – not bad but still far cry from excitement.

    G-Force comprised of guinea pigs – Darwin (Rockwell), Juarez (Cruz), Blaster (Morgan); star-nosed mole Speckles (Cage) and fly Mooch (Baker), as well as Ben (Galifianakis) as their human supervisor. When the team is desperate on the eve of a budgetary review, they went ahead with an unauthorized mission to retrieve information from billionaire industrialist Leonard Saber which contains a sinister to turn electronic appliances into a giant killing machine. However, things went wrong as they failed to prove Saber is on his evil plan and the team was dispatched. However, the team determines to prove that they were right.

    The story is not inspired at all and it does not serve towards any motive at all. It was poorly written, poorly executed, too much cheesy dialogues, scenes are fast-forwarded and there is nothing to hold those into place; merely a display of non-sense plots, crappy story and inefficient story development. Seeing a bunch of cute talking animals become incomplete just by the way the story is played forward. The humours are not in anyway interesting after all while the movie is too "animated" for its attempt to become a live action feature.

    However, the movie is a pleasant entertainment to swallow on. Disregard those unnecessary and non-sense storyline, you may find yourself very much into the action. For example, the issue of whether those animals are genuine or genetic-modified does not affect the motivation of the team in anyhow, therefore I find that scene is particularly unnecessary to be exploited. G-Force also offers a kind of maniac actions and thrills children will surely want to see in a kid pic, but do bear in mind; this is possibly enjoyed by children only and not by any adults. Call it mindless entertainment escapism, G-Force really execute on that note.

    Character-wise, the movie possesses some high star-power rating. However, those talents failed to ignite the movie much further. Characterization is not so satisfying and thus, character development fall short than we hope.

    Seeing it in 3D could be a hell of experience but why would you need to waste your bucks on that. The effects and cinematography are just average. Besides, G-Force is only a movie filled with maniac actions promised, but it does not have the quality for turning into an uninspiring story or good action movie. The dilemma here is similar as in The Race To Witch Mountain – too childish despite its attempt to provide action and thrills, but in the end, it is still a kids movie in the end. Albeit entertaining, the story goes no way.

    THE RATING…
    STORY – 2.0 stars
    CASTS – 3.5 stars
    CINEMATOGRAPHY – 3.5 stars
    EFFECTS – 3.0 stars
    Overall – 3.0 stars
    Green-Tea-O-Meter: 11.3
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