Review by J.T. Johnson
DIRECTOR: Hoyt Yeatman
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Bojan Bazelli
WRITERS: Cormac Wibberley
MUSIC: Trevor Rabin
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”… “Batman”… “Monster Squad.” These were the films that dominated many a childhood. The parents didn’t necessarily understand them but the children in the audiences couldn’t get enough. Now, a new film comes along for a new generation of kids that will be charmed by the characters while the adults wish they could have stayed at home.
“G-Force” is a film about a team of government spies. The only catch is that they are guinea pigs. Along with a team of cockroaches, the primary team consists of Darwin (Sam Rockwell,) Juarez (Penélope Cruz), Blaster (Tracy Morgan), star-nosed mole Speckles (Nicolas Cage) and fly Mooch (Dee Bradley Baker). They are genetically enhanced animals that can run, kick and chop their way through any situation while following the orders of their human commander, Ben (Zach Galifianakis). The only problem for the agile critters is the fact that the FBI wants nothing to do with them.
In an attempt to stop the agency from shutting them down, Ben thinks it is time for his team to prove themselves in the field. He orders an unauthorized infiltration of the home of electronic and appliances mogul, Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy). Saber has been under FBI investigation for years. After the team infiltrates Saber’s home and successfully retrieves the data they are looking for, they call in their superiors to warn them about an operation underway called Clusterstorm.
Unfortunately, Ben’s superior officer is Agent Kip (Will Arnett) and, upset at Ben for illegally authorizing the mission, he closes down G-Force. Soon, the rodents find themselves in a pet store with very little time to stop Saber’s plans.
That being said, the film is very easy to follow. I mean, it is a film intended for kids so it is never that confusing for their sake. I was even able to walk out of the theater a couple of times to go to the bathroom and when I got back, I was still aware of what was going on.
Aside from a couple of big action sequences such as a car chase with a vehicle that Ben designed especially for them, the smaller action sequences are too short to be engaging in any way. The kids will love it but the parents will be wishing they were watching “Iron Man”. However, the car chase became a big stand out scene in the film when “O Fortuna” begins blaring in the background and one finds the audience laughing out loud.
That brings us to the humor of the film. Many family films like “Shrek” and any of the Pixar films have proven to us that family comedies can appeal not only to the kids but also to the adults, as well. It is a delicate balance to mix humor that appeals to everybody and “G-Force” tilts a little too far into the kid’s department.
There are a few moments where adults will laugh but they are far and few between. When the team is in the pet store, for instance, it is like there is nothing to do except make a series of gags until the team gets out of the store. Some of it was funny but most of it was only for the children of the world.
The story was simple and that was fine considering that this is a family movie. Therefore, I am going to let the story slide.
I will say, however, that I don’t yet have kids so I can only speak honestly about what adults might think of the movie. While I think kids would enjoy it, there is not really anything there for adults except just a few scenes that barely keep them involved. In the end, I say save your money on expensive popcorn, candy and drinks and rent it for the kids when it comes out on rental.