Monday, 13 June 2016

G-Force Review


Release Date: 17th September 2009 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Jerry Bruckheimer Films (presents)
Whahmaphram Productions

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia 

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 85 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $292,817,841

Plot Summary
Just as the G-Force - an
elite team of highly trained
guinea pigs - is about to
save the world, the F.B.I.
shuts the secret unit down.
But these next-generation
action heroes - Darwin,
loyal team leader; Blaster,
weapons expert with
attitude to spare; Juarez,
drop-dead gorgeous
martial arts diva; and
tag-along Hurley - won't
be stopped. Armed with
the latest in high-tech
spy equipment, and with
the F.B.I. on their tails,
the fur flies as they race
against the clock to save
the world. 

Voice Cast
Sam Rockwell - Darwin
Nicolas Cage - Speckles
Jon Favreau - Hurley
Penelope Cruz - Juarez
Steve Buscemi - Bucky
Tracy Morgan - Blaster
Dee Bradley Baker - Mooch
Hoyt Yeatman IV - Mouse #1. 
Max Favreau - Mouse #2. 
Bill Nighy - Saber
Will Arnett - Kip Killian
Zach Galifianakis - Ben
Kelli Garner - Marcie
Tyler Patrick Jones - Connor
Piper Mackenzie Harris - Penny
Gabriel Casseus - Agent Carter
Jack Conley - Agent Trigstad
Niecy Nash - Rosalita
Justin Mentell - Terrell
Loudoun Wainwright - Grandpa Goodan
Chris Ellis Jr. - FBI Director

Based on a Story/Director - Hoyt Yeatman
Based on a Story/Executive Producer - David P.I. James
Screenplay - Cormac & Marianne Wibberley
Executive Producers - Mike
Stenson, Chad Oman and Duncan Henderson
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Production Designer - Deborah Evans
Costume Designer - Ellen Mirojnick
Director of Photography - Bojan Bazelli
Visual Effects Supervisor - Scott Stokdyk
3D Visual Effects Supervisor - Rob Engle
Animation Supervisor - Troy Saliba
Film Editors - Jason Hellman and
Mark Goldblatt
Music Supervisor - Kathy Nelson
Music - Trevor Rabin

When we say the name of Jerry Bruckheimer, people will most likely think of movies like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and NATIONAL TREASURE as these are his most commercially recognised hits, albeit one exception to the rule was a partially animated live action pleaser called G-FORCE. The movie is unlike what you ever seen from Bruckheimer and Disney before, I do praise the decision to try something new and target a new audience as sometimes this can be successful as was the case with COYOTE UGLY which was very unlike the usual Bruckheimer style, but proves that risks can be taken and can pay generously. Its main target was just for young kids who were far too young to watch most of Bruckheimer's productions. Despite going well at the box office, feedback was mostly negative. However, G-FORCE shamelessly snatches ideas and elements that were made from other blockbuster hits like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and TRANSFORMERS. Sure this movie is cute, charming and amusing but that this just does not cut it. In this age of film, audience expect more.

I did enjoy with this movie, the use of fresh colouring, the intergration of CGI with live locations. It is seldom that directors use this technique in other family movies but some classic examples are STUART LITTLE and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. It's nice to hear some familiar voices and live-actors, it's refreshingly featured with movie references, which one ironically to a previous Bruckheimer production TOP GUN (click here). I'm referring to the famous line "I feel the need... the need for speed!"

I think this feature is something that will be easily forgotten about as after watching it once. I have no intention to want to revisit it. I would recommend steering clear of this movie, there are definitely many films better than this. 

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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