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Overall Rating
2.33

Awesome: 5%
Worth A Look: 10%
Average: 15%
Pretty Bad52.5%
Total Crap: 17.5%

4 reviews, 16 user ratings


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G-Force
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by brianorndorf

"Guinea pigs have feelings too"
2 stars

The screenplay for “G-Force” seems to fumble the joy of the concept, hunting for a more impactful way to tell a very silly story. This might be the reason there’s a frantic, suffocating thinking that ends up marring the picture. This is a team of super spy guinea pigs getting into all sorts of hijinks, there’s little need to add pathos or rigid character arcs. “G-Force” feels the urge to present audiences with a sympathetic portrayal of talking animals, when it’s clear that potential viewers, both young and old, would rather see these heroes in all stages of miniature combat and furry teamwork instead.

Members of a top secret government spy squad, guinea pigs Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell), Juarez (Penelope Cruz), Blaster (Tracey Morgan), and mole Speckles (Nicolas Cage) make up the G-Force, guided by human agents Ben (Zach Galifianakis) and Marcie (Kelli Garner, in a role that’s been whittled down to a near-wordless cameo). On the hunt to uncover the insidious plan of global industrialist Saber (Bill Nighy), the team is unexpectedly shut down by a bureaucratic stooge (Will Arnett), retreating to a pet store to regroup and reassess the plan of attack. Meeting fellow cage inhabitants Hurley (Jon Favreau) and Bucky (Steve Buscemi), Darwin comes to learn his past might not have been as glamorous as originally thought, but his future and his country need his services to stop Saber from taking over the world through household appliances.

Director Hoyt Yeatman has enjoyed a long career as a special effects mastermind behind some of Hollywood biggest blockbusters, even winning an Academy Award for his work on James Cameron’s masterwork, “The Abyss.” It makes sense that for his filmmaking debut, Yeatman was handed CG-intensive material, playing to his strengths as an imaginative man with technical expertise. When “G-Force” is locked into adventure mode, it’s an unexpected charmer, with Yeatman taking the cartoon premise and making a “Mission: Impossible” quest out of it, though lowered to a friendly scale that remains approachable for family audiences.

I was taken with “G-Force” during the introductory sequences. The marriage of visual effects and distinctive voice work from the actors generates a special distraction of comedy and action, constructing a plucky matinee playground to enjoy. Boosted by 3-D imagery, “G-Force” has a unique personality, bountiful CG flair, and enough boomy, peppy Black Eyed Peas songs to keep the motor humming acceptably. Kids should be enthralled.

Possibly in a page count panic to fill 90 minutes, the writers insist on an emotional conflict for Darwin and the gang to stall for time, sticking to a moldy screenwriting template that submerges our heroes in doubt so the production can concoct a false sense of triumph. It’s an unnecessary step, and worse, it kills the momentum of the picture. The actors do a superb job crafting personalities for the rodents (Cage is in silly voice heaven). Forcing backstory and self-esteem issues into the mix undercuts their work. “G-Force” is already over-scripted as it is, with the Saber plot involving a strangely complicated introduction before a payoff with “Transformers” style metallic mayhem. If only more time was spent flattening out the mission and less time on wringing depth from the guinea pigs, there might be more to cheer for here than the occasional explosion and act of rodent heroism.

“G-Force” is a halfway interesting movie that doesn’t trust itself enough to just run carefree and enjoy the wacky premise. Instead we’re treated to fart jokes, achingly dull scripting, and exposition that eats up nearly half the movie. It’s super-intelligent guinea pigs who update their Facebook pages, know how to hack computers, and dodge fireballs. It hardly needs gravitas to provide a full course cinematic meal.

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originally posted: 07/24/09 23:02:55
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User Comments

11/02/10 Dr.Lao Too raunchy for kids, too stupid for adults, might be good for immature 13 year olds 1 stars
12/20/09 G-Force liker G-Force is alright. But I do wish that it's humor is less inappropriate. 3 stars
10/26/09 Loy65 Lately, he's had no shame in comparing the Obama Administration and the Democratically-cont 3 stars
10/25/09 Kelvin74 Jettisoning the idea Ratner has a monopoly on development in the area opens up crucial poss 4 stars
10/25/09 GanjaBoy87 Second, it leaves no room for individuals being accountable for their past choices. , <a 5 stars
10/24/09 Loy12 I believe the intent was to portray the characters as what they would look like in real lif 3 stars
10/24/09 BadGirl91 Most Touhou characters reside in a fictional realm called Gensokyo, where humans and y&#333 4 stars
10/23/09 Daddy87 Okay so a really super good friend of mine sent me a TP to this store. , 3 stars
10/21/09 Yuki Akiyama 5 stars
8/14/09 Dan Hardly designed for adults, thus they probably won't like it. Kids on the other hand..... 3 stars
8/04/09 Kelly Our family loved it! That family could be what you choose appealed to my adopted kids. 4 stars
8/02/09 Ming not my type of film...might be fun for kids 2 stars
7/31/09 ken you have to remember this movie was for little kids and adults r giving their own opinion 4 stars
7/29/09 Knightfox21 I just can't stomach two hours of anything with Tracy Morgan's voice... 2 stars
7/25/09 PAUL SHORTT TRIES TOO HARD, AND IT SHOWS 2 stars
7/25/09 Isaac good in 3D 3 stars
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  24-Jul-2009 (PG)
  DVD: 15-Dec-2009

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  DVD: 15-Dec-2009




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