MOVIE REVIEW: G-Force Doesn’t Push the Envelope, It Glides

G-FORCE

G-Force tells the story of a team of special agent rodents who were sent on a mission for the U.S. Government. The team was trained by Ben (Zach Galifianakis) who has been training them for three years to take on the missions the FBI cannot handle.

The team was threatened by the government to be shutdow, but they performed one mission to prove their might. Their latest mission was to infiltrate the home of Dr. Saber (Bill Nighy) and retrieve information of Operation: Clusterform. Clusterform was in reality a code sent to computer chips in Sabersense Appliances (The largest applicance company in the world) to turn them into killing machines that will exterminate the human race.

What was thought to be a successful mission, turned out to be a failure. The lead FBI agent was unimpressed by the special team who actually taken a product placement instead the information they have been seeking.  The project was immediately terminated and the ordered that the G-Force were to be treated like “guinea pigs”. The team escaped with their lives at a local pet store.  Now, their new mission was to show the government that they are not only they done the job right but they are the only ones who can stop Dr. Saber from global domination.

Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. On the G-Force team are guinea pigs Darwin (Sam Rockwell), the fearless 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. Along the way, the team encounters Hurley (Jon Favreau) who is a laidback guinea pig who wants to be adopted and may hold a past to one of the team members. Also, we meet the hyper territorial hamster Bucky (Steve Buscemi) who always looking for attention, satisfaction, and food.

While Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D movie to the masses, the feelings were mixed towards the overall scope to the movie. Some of the kids and the adults will enjoy 3-d scenes of the movie. One scene that comes to mind is when the FBI were chasing the G-Force throught a local fair. Due to the carelessness of the FBI, they managed to set off a fireworks display which looked spectacular for both the audience at the fair and in the movie theater.

Unfortunately, the adults would not enjoy the constant references to many movies wrapped up in this ninety-minute movie. How many times do we have to hear “Say Hello to My Little Friend” in any movie within the last 25 years? Come on! It was wonderful when Al Pacino said first in “Scarface” but it’s as good as a guinea pig says it. In addition, some of the jokes in the film were too corny that even the worse comedian cannot laugh at them.

I do have to give praise to the voice acting of Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, and Nicolas Cage. They made the characters truly believable. Cage did a number when it came to playing Speckles. I wonder what was inspiration for his performance. If you watch the film, you had to do a double take to believe that was him.

Overall, I believe that G-Force has potential for a kids movie but as a grow-up, only if you’re a kid at heart.

FINAL GRADE: B-

One thought on “MOVIE REVIEW: G-Force Doesn’t Push the Envelope, It Glides”

  1. "G-Force" is a family film about an FBI special project to use small animals to gather information. The animals are able to understand and to communicate with humans. Some messages for kids and plenty of special effects.

    GRADE = "B"

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