Green Lantern

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Green Lantern

Martin Campbell (2011)

113min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
DC Comics' attempt to keep up with Marvel's quality superhero dramatisations falters with this disappointing origins adventure. Quick-quipping Ryan Reynolds (who's since gone on to box-office success as the wisecracking "Merc with a Mouth" Deadpool) is a good pick for the part of Hal Jordan, the cocky test pilot whose close encounter with a dying alien sees him inherit an all-powerful ring and become a member of an intergalactic peacekeeping corps. Fans of the comic will applaud the faithful rendering of the mythology and director Martin Campbell marshals the action efficiently, as you would expect from the man who relaunched James Bond twice (GoldenEye, Casino Royale). But here he's lumbered with a cliché-ridden, uninspiring script, so for every good thing - Hal's training on planet Oa, his motion-captured costume - there's a pace-wrecking lull, usually involving anodyne love interest Carol Ferris (Gossip Girl's Blake Lively). Thankfully there are classy turns from Mark Strong, as fellow peacekeeper Sinestro, and Tim Robbins, as an oleaginous senator whose son (Peter Sarsgaard) mutates into a big-brained baddie. But as many a Marvel blockbuster and Christopher Nolan's Batman movies prove, it's not enough to just put the heroes on screen: imaginative direction harnessed to a pacey, character-driven script is required, too - and it's just not in evidence here.

Summary

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Cast & Crew

Hal Jordan / Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds
Carol Ferris Blake Lively
Hector Hammond Peter Sarsgaard
Sinestro Mark Strong
Abin Sur Temuera Morrison
Martin Jordan Jon Tenney
Senator Hammond Tim Robbins
Dr Amanda Waller Angela Bassett
Thomas Kalmaku Taika Waititi
Carl Ferris Jay O Sanders
Tomar-Re Geoffrey Rush
Kilowog Michael Clarke Duncan
Parallax Clancy Brown
Director Martin Campbell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Some violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Jun 2011
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