G-Force (Review)

Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 3-D adventure is an uninspired dud

Jul 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Advanced, specially trained guinea pigs (and other assorted members of the animal kingdom) voiced by the likes of Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi and Tracy Morgan attempt to defeat a nefarious plot to take over the world in this live-action 3-D adventure.

G-Force strains the Jerry Bruckheimer brand model past the breaking point by creating a kid’s film with no real kids, using the animals as stand-ins, I suppose, but there’s nothing particularly kid-friendly about them. Nor, to be brutally honest, is there anything engaging about them on a pop-cultural level for adults. The lone positives come from the technical production values that cater to the growing 3-D trend, and, thanks to a subplot about computer chips controlling household machines, there are some Transformers-styled visual effects that come across a bit more clean and crisp than Michael Bay’s shockingly awful robotic displays.

But the worst offense in this dud of a comic caper is the uninspired vocal work. The most energetic and distinctive voice in the bunch belongs to Morgan, and there’s just something sad about this crude, lazily funny performer toning himself down for the PG crowd, much like his human counterpart Zach Galifianakis, who as the human team leader of the rodent rogue agents, must certainly wish this outing was part of a hangover that he could wakeup from and completely forget. Grade: D

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