G-FORCE Blu-ray Review

     December 16, 2009

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Whatever can be said of Jerry Bruckheimer, and at this point the white hot hate for his style of Bruckheimer/Simpson movies has to have subsided some (he’s no longer making Top Gun-Style borderline propaganda now that Michael Bay’s moved on), there is no doubt of one thing: dude has an eye for talent. Look at G-Force, and the cast: Tracy Morgan, Zach Galifianakis, Sam Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, Nicholas Cage, Will Arnett, Penelope Cruz, and Bill Nighy. That’s a cast you’d want in most anything. My review of G-Force after the jump.

g_force_movie_image__4_.jpgMorgan, Rockwell, and Cruz play the lead guinea pigs, who through some training by Galifianakis are an elite squadron of spies. They infiltrate (with the help of their mole, voiced by Cage) Leonard Saber’s (Nighy) home and are on the lookout for some fiendish terrorist plot, but can’t find it, which causes the government (headed by Arnett) to shut their operation down. But the squad wants to prove their worth, and so they go on the lam to find the evidence they need. Of course, they end up in a pet shop at one point where Rockwell’s Darwin is reunited with his brother Hurley (Jon Favreau), and perhaps, on the way, save world or something.

Theatrically in 3-D, the film suffers at home from the 2-D treatment, as the overloading of information, which reaches critical mass in the conclusion, where the busy screen nearly defeated my attention. No one’s at the top of their game but everyone does get a moment or two to play. It’s just that the film is just so cluttered and rushed that the film never breathes enough to be fun for adults, ever though it’s also fairly brief (88 min.), which numbs some of the pain. And the initial idea (guinea pigs acting as secret agents in a Jerry Bruckheimer production) carries the film further than I thought it would. It’s a film meant for young children, and they may enjoy it more than anyone else, but it fits into the world of children’s films that think kids want noise, and for that it’s the anti-Pixar. But it’s hard to be mad at the movie.

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The bottom line: any film that hires Neicy Nash and Loudon Wainwright III for bit parts can’t be all bad.

Disney presents the film on Blu-ray with a DVD copy of the movie, and a digital copy, so you can watch it virtually anywhere. The soundtrack is 5.1 DTS-HD, and the picture is widescreen (2.35:1). The transfer is perfect. The Blu-ray is decked out with the Cinexplore mode, which offers commentary by director Hoyt Yeatman, and Rockwell and Morgan in character (the two pop in and out), and this also comes with stills and storyboards, and can also be viewed in a branching video mode that goes to more behind the scenes information, and more footage of the cast recording their dialogue. There’s “Buster’s Boot Camp” (5 min.) where Morgan walks you through the tools of the trade, and “G-Force Mastermind” (4 min.) on Hoyt Yeatman’s kid, who came up with the idea for the film. “Bruckheimer Animated” (3 min.) has the producer talk about how great he is, while “Access Granted: Inside the Animation Labs” (8 min.) talks to the process of creating CGI guinea pigs. There are bloopers (2 min.), six incomplete deleted scenes (6 min.), three music videos, and Disney’s bonus trailers, including one for Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland.

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