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G-Force

 (PG)
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  G-Force Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
 
Average Rating
3.88 /10
 
Starring
Zach Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Bill Nighy
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Directed by: Hoyt Yeatman
Written by: Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberley

 
 
 
Released: 2009
   
Genre: FAMILY
ACTION
ADVENTURE
ANIMATION & LIVE ACTION
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 89
 
 


 
Jerry Bruckheimer is the producer who brought us such think-pieces as Pearl Harbor, Armageddon and Gone in 60 Seconds. Bruckheimer’s first 3D family film for Disney, G-Force, pays glib lipservice to Uncle Walt’s family values and makes a few toe-curling attempts at sentiment, but mainly it is like any other piece of mindless action cinema, except that instead of humans running away from enormous exploding fireballs, it’s guinea-pigs.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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You heard me. Guinea-pigs. This is not a movie for Hamstered intellectuals. Just imagine how Alvin ands the Chipmunks might have turned out if it had been directed by Michael Bay.
This kind of trash always has an English baddie bent on taking over the world, and a woefully underused Bill Nighy tries and fails to alleviate the tedium by doing a half-hearted impersonation of Sir Alan Sugar.

Up against him are various animated rodents (voiced by Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz and Tracy Morgan), a mole (Nicolas Cage, wonderfully goofy) a fly called Mooch and numerous cockroaches. They’re trained FBI operatives, would you believe, and – since this is modern Hollywood, unfettered by notions of taste – they’re helped in their endeavours by an obese guinea pig (Jon Favreau) whose job it is to break wind whenever the script runs out of steam, which is often.

G-Force is fast, noisy and colourful enough to make money, but director Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr is unlikely to be in the running for an Oscar any time soon.
The unwitty, lazily episodic script is by husband and wife writing team Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, whose other contributions to world cinema include Bad Boys II, The Shaggy Dog and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. I think that should tell you all you need to know.

It’s been caught by masses of children all over the States, but then so has swine fever.


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