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G-Force (Single Disc Widescreen) (2009)

A movie released July 24, 2009

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Odd and Campy and That's the Good News

  • Sep 6, 2010

G-Force is definitely one of those films that’s hard to categorize.  In a way it reminds of many of Jerry Bruckheimer’s works in that it’s supposed to be an adventure flick with a bit of comedy but it somehow feels askew (Pirates of the Caribbean anyone?).  All of that feeling transfers here but the difference is that this one is clearly targeted toward an even younger demographic which is bad for two reasons: 1) It isn’t bright and crisp like a kids’ movie should be and 2) Kids rarely drive themselves to the theater or DVD store meaning adults will likely be watching this one with them.  This is why intelligent humor, even if it goes right over the heads of the kids watching the picture, is crucial.  Sadly, it is lacking here, bit more on that later.

The film revolves around a team of trained secret agent animals: guinea pigs Darwin (team leader) (Sam Rockwell), Juarez (martial arts) (Penélope Cruz), Blaster (weapons specialist) (Tracy Morgan), the mole Speckles (cyber intelligence) (Nicolas Cage), and a fly named Mooch (surveillance) (Edwin Louis).

This team, in effort to prove its worth as a federally funded agency, takes on a risky mission for the US government to stop evil billionaire Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy), who plans to destroy the world by integrating communication chips into household appliances manufactured and distributed by his company. Before they can complete the mission, the government shuts them down and plans to eliminate the animal-agents because they know too much.  Not only do they find themselves running for their lives, the task of saving man kind from the attack of the killer appliances rests in their pint-sized laps as well.

Well I suppose part of the blame for this travesty rests in my apparent lack of pre-purchase investigation.  Despite product descriptions, reviews and even a DVD label that gives up absolutely no clue to the fact that this is in fact a live-action film that just so happens to feature some computer generated animated characters, which is precisely what this is.

Not to take anything away from any of the dozens of movies that work of this formula (actually come to think of it, nearly every film made within the past few years has come to rely upon the tactic in one degree or another), it does make a world of difference when one goes into it expecting a fully animated feature ala Cars, Shrek or Ratatouille.

The formula for G-Force is almost clever enough to be novel but the film just happens to place itself soundly into the void that exists between children young enough to be dazzled by the cuteness of the visuals and adults old enough to scoff at the ridiculousness of it all.

This isn’t mere speculation either as I was unable to use the film to hold the attention of the younger set who found the premise too dark, deep and simply boring and yet tweeners and full ought teens I showed it to were equally disinterested on account of the sheer silliness of it all.

What you have at the end of the day with G-Force is a film that sparkles with creativity and even shines in a few rare moments of well timed comedy or action but does nothing well enough to warrant owning or for that matter even watching.

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September 07, 2010
Yeah this was a weird one, I got it for my little cuz, but I watched it for Steve Buscemi. Great review.
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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Guinea pig secret agents were never so much fun to watch in action.
review by . January 21, 2010
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Very cute, as most talking animal movies are! This was a nice action flick as well, and my son really enjoyed it. Appealed more to him then his 3 year old sister.
review by . July 29, 2009
Pros: No nudity and no bad language.     Cons: Will not interest the adults.     The Bottom Line: If you don't expect too much then take your kid to see this one. They will enjoy it even if you don't.     Here we go again, another movie that is funnier on the advertising ads rather than at the theatre. Just like all of the other movie goers I to took my daughter to see the loveable spying and super-powered pigs. I usually do not go to the …
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G-Forcejust might be the best Jerry Bruckheimer action film in many a moon. The film is exuberant, and its premise--don't thinkbigfor an animated caper film, thinksmall--brilliantly upends the more-bigger-faster trope of American action films… with cute, little, furry guinea pigs.

Bruckheimer, the action genius behind the likes of the Pirates of the Caribbean, Con Air, The Rock, Armageddon, and many more, here teams with visual effects maestro Hoyt Yeatman, who writes and directs. The combo is potent, and the fact that they streamed their blow-'em-up vision through a film about tiny rodents saving the world makes the whole confection a hilarious family-friendly experience as well as a satisfying action adventure. The premise isn't earth-shattering: oddball, unexpected heroes are called on to save the day (Men in Black, Underdog, etc.). But the lowly guinea pig has been long overdue to get its moment in the spotlight. And now the free world knows whom it can really trust. The film mixes the animated heroes with real-life actors, including the sardonic British character actor Bill Nighy, who plays an evil mogul out to take over and/or destroy the world. The U.S. government, it turns out, has been nurturing a special squad for occasions just such as this. It's just that it's been nurturing them in small pens with wood shavings on the floor and running wheels for exercise. Will Arnett, deadpan and spot-on, plays the human agent who has the unenviable ...

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Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Genre: Action, Family
Release Date: July 24, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
Runtime: 88 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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