G-Force (2009)

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Published on: 2009.08.02

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(Note: This review refers to the non-3D version, which played in select theaters. I saw the non-3D version because it was several dollars cheaper, and because that’s the version you’ll be most likely to see if you rent this on DVD.)

I don’t have children, so why did I see a children’s movie, G-Force? For one, my wife and I still like children’s movies. Secondly, I was convinced to see this one because it had Jerry Bruckheimer‘s name attached to it.

The same guy that brought us Top Gun, Flashdance, Bad Boys, Dangerous Minds, The Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in 60 Seconds, Remember the Titans, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, King Arthur (2004), National Treasure, and Glory Road… that guy wouldn’t lead me wrong, would he?

G-Force didn’t let me down.

Basically, it’s a comedy adventure about a team of trained secret agent guinea pigs that take on a mission for the U.S. government, even as part of that government is working against them. These highly-intelligent rodents try to stop an evil genius billionaire who plans to take over the world.

The film mixes CGI and the real world. The secret agent animals are produced with a computer, while the human elements are played by real actors, and the setting is in the real world, not a work of CGI.

Voice acting was superb in the film, especially Nicolas Cage. In fact, I think he may have found a role he’s actually good at. I didn’t even know it was him until the final credits.

Tracy Morgan’s voice acting is stereotypical and a little insulting, considering how our country is really trying to get past African-American generalizations. Penélope Cruz’s voice was the same way — although she’s obviously playing a guinea pig, her voice says “sultry Latin woman.”

Steve Buscemi’s voice as the hamster was perfect.

The acting by humans was a little sub-par, but you’re not expected to relate to the humans in this movie — it’s obvious that you’re supposed to be rooting for the rodents. Their animation was done very well. So well that in a couple of places you wonder if they actually used live rodents for a few scenes.

There’s no great life lesson to be learned by the plot, but a pretty thick subconscious message to kids is that we shouldn’t keep animals in captivity because they hate it. There’s also a strong undertone from Cage’s mole that humans were evil for digging up the ground where his family lived. But I expected nothing less than human-bashing in a Hollywood film where tiny animals are the main characters.

Overall, the flick is fun to see, and it was also enjoyable to imagine that tiny animals in our world have surprising talents.

If there was a downside though (as an adult), it was trying to believe, first of all, that rodents can operate sophisticated weaponry and computers, and, secondly, that humans could have built computers and weaponry tiny enough for rodents to actually use.

Another (possible) downside is that children all over the country will now beg their parents to buy guinea pigs or hamsters for pets. Maybe that’s why the writers laid it on pretty thick that the rodents did NOT like being in a pet store OR owned by a family.

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IMDb: G-Force
Wikipedia: G-Force
Rating: PG
(some mild action and rude humor)
Length: 89 min (1:29)
Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Genre: Action / Adventure / Family / Fantasy
My Rating: 8 of 10
Family Friendly: Yes (violence may be mildly scary; that’s it)
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MAIN STARS:
Zack Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Kelli Garner, Bill Nighy, Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan
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