Green Lantern

Green Lantern

Martin Campbell (2011)

113min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This attempt from DC Comics to match Marvel's quality superhero yarns faltered with this disappointing origin adventure. Quick-quipping Ryan Reynolds (who has since gone on to box-office success as wisecracking "Merc with a Mouth" Deadpool in two hit movies) 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 rookie member of an intergalactic peacekeeping corps. Fans of the character 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 (with GoldenEye and 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

A cocky test pilot is given a mysterious ring by a dying alien and transported to another world, where he learns he has been recruited into a galactic peacekeeping organisation. He trains to use the incredible powers the ring grants him, and returns to Earth to defend it from a powerful force that feeds on fear. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong.

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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