Animated / Action
 

G-Force

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures


Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

            Some time ago, I was home doing some chore or another and spotted something funny on the television as I passed it.  What I had seen was a digitally created guinea pig talking and dancing.  It was a promo for an upcoming film.  Later, I saw the entire promo from beginning to end and could not stop laughing.  I knew I had to see the new 3-D digitally animated / live action film entitled G-Force.  The fact that it was a Jerry Bruckheimer film was simply icing on the cake.

            G-Force is centered around a specially trained group of FBI agents: three guinea pigs, one mole, a fly and a multitude of cockroaches.  Ben (Zach Galifianakis), the developer of the G-Force team found a way for humans and mammals to talk to one another via the use of an advanced earpiece.  Each member of the team has been specially trained and works daily on honing their skills: Darwin (Sam Rockwell) is the team leader, Juarez (Penelope Cruz) is an expert in martial arts, Blaster (Tracy Morgan) is the weapons and transportation expert and an adrenaline junkie, Speckles (Nicolas Cage) is a mole with a specialty in cyber intelligence and Mooch (Dee Bradley Baker) is a fly in charge of surveillance.  All they need is an opportunity to prove themselves.  That opportunity comes when Ben sends them on a supersensitive mission, infiltrating the home of Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy), an electronics and appliance magnate who has been under investigation by the FBI for a number of years.

            The team uncovers a plot that will lead to world domination, but upon returning to the lair with their evidence, it is discovered that the evidence has been tainted and therefore they have no proof.  The program is shut down and the team finds themselves on the way to a local pet store.  Can Darwin and his team escape the pet store and stop Saberís evil plan, or are the members of the team destined to become ordinary house pets for the rest of their lives?

            Knowing that I was about to see a Jerry Bruckheimer film, I braced myself for the tremendous action scenes that Bruckheimer is famous for.  Bruckheimer is new to this style of film, but that doesnít mean that the action was any less intense.  The digitally animated cast of the film ensured Jerry Bruckheimer that no matter how insane the stunt, his stars could pull it off.  The fact that it was guinea pigs and other assorted digitally animated creatures pulling these stunts off made the scenes hysterical.  I didnít get to see the 3-D version as my theater only had 2-D capability, but I can imagine that the 3-D enhanced what was already a highly entertaining action experience.  With G-Force, Jerry Bruckheimer has proven that there is no style of film that Bruckheimer canít dominate.

            The movie contains several memorable lines such as this one from Juarez when the girl at the pet shop announces that she is going to put a bow in Juarezís hair: Put a bow in my hair and you will be missing a finger.  Or the one from Blaster and the pet shop mice as the evil bully picks Blaster up out of the cage against his will:  (Blaster) What should I do?  (Mice) Poop in his hand!  Poop in his hand!  Or Darwin and his optimism: Iím nine inches tall, I always see the upside.

            My sister had guinea pigs at one time and it cracked me up to think of them as a FBI infiltration team.  I loved the specialized habitrail home that the team lived and trained in.  I also enjoyed the vehicles which incorporated guinea pig exercise equipment with the powerful vehicles of the day.

            I loved the film, but what is even more important is that all of the kids seated around me loved it as well.  After all, this was an action film that was primarily targeted at the child audience.  Happily, G-Force is a film that adults can enjoy just as much as the children they are accompanying.  G-Force is an awesome, action-packed and hysterically funny movie experience that the whole family can enjoy.

 

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