Green Lantern
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Green Lantern

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Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Martin Campbell, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard


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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Though predictable due to its slavish adherence to familiar comic-book tropes, director Martin Campbell's Green Lantern still manages to entertain thanks to its massive scale, imaginative action sequences, and colorful special effects. But even then, inconsistent pacing and hasty plotting prevent this ambitious superhero epic from achieving greatness. In the end, the good just narrowly outweighs the bad, though opponents of the current 3D craze will only find more ammo for their arguments due to the fact that the stereoscopic projection makes the Clash of the Titans remake look like Avatar. Ever since he saw his fearless father perish in a tragic aviation mishap, all Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) could think about was flying -- it was the only thing the brash, cocky, and irresponsible test pilot ever truly excelled at. Little did he realize he was destined for something much bigger. Somewhere out in space, a powerful force of evil known as Parallax is spreading fear and destruction; the only hope for defeating Parallax is the Green Lantern Corps, a group of intergalactic warriors powered by the force of will. When legendary Green Lantern Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) is sent hurtling toward planet Earth after a deadly encounter with Parallax, his ring chooses Hal to continue the fight. The ring spirits our hero away to the Green Lantern's home planet of Oa for training. The first human ever to receive the honor of becoming a Green Lantern, Hal is viewed with scorn by the league's leader, Sinestro (Mark Strong), who trains him alongside the hulking Kilowog (voice of Michael Clarke Duncan). Later, on planet Earth, frail scientist Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) becomes infected with Parallax's evil while performing an autopsy on Abin Sur, and uses his newfound powers to stake claim on Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Hal's lifelong friend and fellow test pilot. When Hal learns that Parallax plans to consume all life on Earth to gain the energy needed to conquer Oa, he begins looking inward for the courage to defeat the malevolent force and embrace his destiny as a super-powered peacekeeper. On first glance, Green Lantern bears all the hallmarks of your typical comic-book fantasy: flawed human selected to serve a greater cause that will empower them to unlock their true potential; planet-crushing force of evil threatening to wipe out all of humanity; pretty love interest caught up in the fight between good and evil; and obvious sequel setup. Perhaps, as do some movie lovers, comic-book fanatics find comfort in the familiar model, rather than frustration with the fact that so few filmmakers are inspired to smash that paradigm to create something original. But that would involve serious risk taking -- the kind that makes Hollywood producers break out in a cold sweat when 150 million dollars is the wager. Green Lantern works best when Hal Jordan is combining creativity with superpowers to combat evil. Sadly, this seems to be low on the list of priorities for director Martin Campbell and screenwriters Marc Guggenheim, Michael Green, Greg Berlanti, and Michael Goldberg. Though it's obvious that the writers were all striving to get the details right, the final product is like an especially decadent desert meticulously crafted by four pastry chefs who each insist on adding their signature touch before the dish is served -- each individual flavor is a treat for the senses, yet together they clash. As if Parallax weren't a big enough threat to two entire planets, we also get Sarsgaard channeling Brad Dourif as a telekinetic Elephant Man, a cosmic force of evil that can't seem to decide which planet it wants to devour first, and a good guy who inexplicably embraces evil after not only devoting his entire existence to conquering it, but seeing firsthand just what it can do to an infinitely wiser being. Scratch that last part; perhaps it isn't quite inexplicable when it's nothing more than a shameless sequel setup. If all of this sounds a bit harsher than it was meant to, it's because both the character and the movie had the potential to transcend the tradition, but the filmmakers repeatedly take the easy way out. It's genuinely exciting to see a superhero film that embraces the sci-fi/fantasy angle with as much commitment as Green Lantern; if the screenplay had been streamlined, we might have gotten a movie that actually lived up to its potential. Instead, what we're left with is a colorful, easily digestible summertime distraction and an obvious 3D cash grab.

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Special Features

A feature-length expedition into Green Lantern, including picture-in-picture commentary; 8 featurettes; Character bios; Galleries; Storyboards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Reynolds Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
Blake Lively Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard Hector Hammond
Mark Strong Sinestro
Tim Robbins Senator Hammond
Jay O. Sanders Carl Ferris
Taika Waititi Tom Kalmaku
Angela Bassett Dr. Waller
Mike Doyle Jack Jordan
Nick Jandl Jim Jordan
Dylan James Jason Jordan
Gattlin Griffith Young Hal
Jon Tenney Martin Jordan
Leanne Cochran Janice Jordan
Temuera Morrison Abin Sur
Jeff Wolfe Bob Banks
Lena Clark Senator's Assistant
Jenna Craig Young Carol
Deke Anderson Four Star General Caven
Griff Furst UCAV Operator #1
Garrett Hines UCAV Operator #2
Ritchie Montgomery Bunker Doctor
Marcela Fonseca Beautiful Girl
Douglas M. Griffin DEO Agent #1
Armando Leduc DEO Agent #2
Kenneth Brown Avionics Tech #1
Silas Cooper Avionics Tech #2
Dane Rhodes Ferris Security Guard
Melanie Hebert News Reporter (F-35 Crash)
LaTonya Norton News Reporter #1
Rick Searfoss Two Star General
Laura Cayouette Party Guest #1
Bernard Hocke Party Guest #2
Michael Jamorski Football Jock
Geoffrey Rush Tomar-Re
Michael Clarke Duncan Kilowog
Warren Burton First Guardian
Salome Jens Female Guardian
Clancy Brown Parallax
Warren P. Munster Bartender
Tony Owens Singer
Donna Haynes Crehan Additional Party Guest
Tiffany Morgan Mom
Sharon Morris Bus Driver
Lance E. Nichols Cop

Technical Credits
Martin Campbell Director
Richie Alonzo Makeup Special Effects
Christopher Assells Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Baird Editor
Dion Beebe Cinematographer
Greg Berlanti Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Steve Buscaino Makeup Special Effects
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Donald De Line Producer
Ngila Dickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Dino R. Dimuro Sound/Sound Designer
David Dupuis Makeup Special Effects
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
Scott Martin Gershin Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Goldberg Screenwriter
Michael Goldenberg Screenwriter
Michael Green Original Story,Screenwriter
Marc Guggenheim Original Story,Screenwriter
Andrew Haas Executive Producer
Joel Harlow Makeup Special Effects
Joseph Hiura Set Decoration/Design
James Newton Howard Score Composer
William Hunter Set Decoration/Design
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator
Geoff Johns Co-producer
Rob Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Andrew L. Jones Art Director
Courtney Lether Makeup Special Effects
Lennie MacDonald Makeup Special Effects
Grant Major Production Designer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Alex McCarroll Set Decoration/Design
Ian McFadyen Art Director
Wright McFarland Set Decoration/Design
Pam Dixon Mickelson Casting
Bruce G. Moriarty Asst. Director
Elaine Offers Makeup
Sam Page Set Decoration/Design
Lucienne Papon Co-producer
Clay Pinney Special Effects Supervisor
Scott Plauche Art Director
Peter Staubli Sound/Sound Designer

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