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STARRING
Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Steve Buscemi, Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau
DIRECTED BY
Hoyt Yeatman
SCREENPLAY
Hoyt Yeatman, Tim Firth, Marianne & Cormac Wibberley, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
MPAA RATING
Rated PG
RUNNING TIME
86 Mins.
DISTRIBUTED BY
Disney
 "G-Force" Review 
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America, are you stupid?

Seriously, it's a legit question.

While I was off at the Indianapolis International Film Festival, you went and made this godawful Jerry Bruckheimer produced mess #1 at the box-office?

Haven't you learned?

In the same summer that Pixar again created an animated masterpiece that managed to entertain children without insulting their intelligence, Bruckheimer and director Hoyt Yeatman have managed to assemble a stellar cast in what amounts to animated drivel.

Okay, Disney. I understand.

I do know that money matters. I'm not ignorant.

But, really. Haven't you learned anything?

Sadly, I'm already expecting "G-Force 2" now.

Sigh.

In "G-Force," we have a specially trained force of guinea pigs.

There's Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Juarez (Penelope Cruz) and Blaster (Tracy Morgan) along with their handler (Zach Galifianakis). Aided by a mole (Nicolas Cage), the force unites to take down an arms dealer (Bill Nighy).

To say that "G-Force" is boring and lifeless would be an understatement, it's a complete and utter waste of 3-D technology, especially given Bruckheimer's prolific use of technology.

Director Yeatman, whose background is in visual effects, actually tries to utilize the 3-D technology well and certainly can be credited for inventive and imaginative shots that elevate the film a bit and may very well be enough to entertain the younger children.

While certain aspects of the film's visual presentation work, virtually every other aspect of "G-Force" is a massive failure, most notably its laughably bad dialogue and semblance of a storyline manhandled by no less than five credited writers.

"G-Force" features a stellar cast, but it's never clear why because none of the vocal work is remotely demanding. Was it simply the Bruckheimer branding that allowed a few hotshot celebs an easy day on the job?

A cute, promising idea that never really comes to life, "G-Force" is disappointing in that it proves that American audiences still have inconsistent and, at times, frighteningly low standards when it comes to cinema for children. While it's easy to understand why so many big names signed on for "G-Force," it's a shameful waste of so much talent.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic 
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