Warner Bros. Pictures, De Line Pictures, DC Entertainment

Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Jenna Craig, Jon Tenney, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett, Jay O. Sanders

There is a group of superheroes, the Green Lantern Intergalactic Corps, who watch out for the entire galaxy. They are chosen and are up against an evil called Parallax. a super-powerful being who feeds on fear who has broken out of his prison. The Green Lanterns are chosen by their inability to feel fear. Hal Jordan is a hot shot test pilot who is in a bit of trouble for crashing a jet and destroying his companies ability to sell jets to the government. He is chosen as a green lantern, and given a ring and a lantern and super abilities to fly and fight. But the GL’s are in trouble and just maybe Hal is the “human” for the job.

I debated on seeing this film in the theater. The 3D was inviting, but the reviews and the box office of this film was dismal. So I decided to use my hard earned bucks on the other superhero movies of the time. Then, I paid my penance in the 30 day delay punishment that certain members of the movie industry have place on us humble Netflix customers, and finally Saturday the film arrived. I decided to pop it in the DVD and give it a try.

Well, first let me say it wasn’t a BAD as I expected from the horrible reviews and the lack of attendance at the film. It’s a better rental than you would expect. But by the same token, it’s not a very great movie either. I tried really hard to get into the story, and just couldn’t get involved in it. I even tried rewatching the first hour to see if maybe I was wrong, but I wasn’t. Ryan Reynolds was an emotionless nerd throughout most of the film. No matter the unbelievable and remarkable things that happen to him, being yanked away from Earth to receive the ring, and to be trained as a superhero. Throughout it all, his face is frozen, with no emotion. I guess it’s to show no fear, but no fear is a little different than reckless and arrogant which he is most of the time.

Furthermore, Parallax is the most evil thing in the universe, but he’s quickly forgotten when Hal sets off on a different quest after a different bad guy. They are going to destroy Earth, and though none of the other Lanterns object, Hal sets off on his own to save the Earth. When we get pack to Parallax, nobody cares much. The CGI is popping off all over the place, but there’s not much heart. I was very underwhelmed with the story. Granted I’m not a big fan of superhero stories to begin with, but there were many better than this, in the current year alone. I don’t recommend this unless you’re a big fan of the story, or a big superhero movie fan to start with. It was less of a disappointment than I feared, but just not good enough to keep my attention.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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