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 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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Green Lantern 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why so many people didn't like this movie all that much. I thought it was pretty cool! I'm familiar enough with Green Lantern to know, though, that a few things were off about it, but a lot of it was dead on, and while I thought they could have done a bit more with this movie, it was still really cool. Don't let any negative comments deter you from checking this one out. If you like superhero movies & sci-fi & such, you oughta be right at home with this movie.
AP_Fuchs More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 When dying alien and Green Lantern Abin Sur is discovered by brash and cocky fighter pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), Hal’s life is suddenly changed when the mysterious alien gives him a green power ring and matching lantern with vague instructions to “speak the oath.” After finally unlocking the lantern, Hal is taken to the planet Oa where he learns he has become Abin Sur’s successor in the Green Lantern Corps and is also the first human to ever bear the powerful mantle of a Green Lantern. As part of his training, Hal is taken under the wing of a powerful Lantern named Sinestro (Mark Strong) whose view of right and wrong is sheer black and white, and who has no trouble enforcing the law with lethal force. Turns out Sinestro wasn’t the first to feel this way as long ago one of the creators of the lantern rings—the Guardians of Oa—disagreed with the Oan Council and set off on his own, discovering a new power, this one the yellow power of fear. Now the super powered being Parallax, this former Guardian wishes to take revenge on those who banished him. As Hal learns what it means to set aside his own pride and ego and live by the sacred Green Lantern oath--In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s Light!--he must come to grips with his newfound power and expel Parallax’s presence from the universe once and for all. After the crazy success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers and DC Comics were in big need of another hit after Superman Returns failed to deliver at the box office, and so they went to another DC hero: Green Lantern. Good choice. He’s a kind of Superman/Batman hybrid in that Hal Jordan is human and has the qualities and struggles thereof like Bruce Wayne, and yet by wielding his power ring, his superpowers get up there right alongside the Last Son of Krypton in many ways. Whether this was Warners’ reasoning or not, I don’t know—probably not—but GL was certainly a good character to try and take to the big screen especially since it had never been done before. In a nutshell, the movie wasn’t bad. I liked it. It didn’t change my life, but it’s not the piece of garbage many folks make it out to be. It covered Hal Jordan’s transformation into Green Lantern, delivered awesome effects, created a sense of atmosphere both about the Green Lantern Corp and Oa, and came through on telling a simple story that got Hal Jordan from Point A to B in a reasonable amount of time. People complained there wasn’t enough action or not enough stuff on Oa—but those kinds of things are—and weren’t—supposed to be the focus of this movie. It was about getting the ring into Hal’s hands and teaching him the ol’ Uncle Ben motto of “With great power comes great responsibility.” I like how it took time to get Hal used to using the ring and it wasn’t a case of him putting it on and suddenly becoming an expert on creating green light constructs. And once he figured it out, I enjoyed how his constructs were simple—the racetrack, machine guns, etc.—as opposed to something crazy or way too technical. Why? Put yourself in his shoes. You’d probably construct something you’re more comfortable with than trying to create some big complicated airship stocked with robot soldiers with a zillion weapons and stuff. The love story between Hal and Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) seemed forced though it did provide a nice bridge between the realm of Oa and Earth. Clearly this relationship was introduced for sequel purposes because those who know the comics know Carol Ferris becomes the supervillain Star Sapphire down the line. I think in the end, Green Lantern did its job. Could it have been better? Sure. Could it have been worse? Yup. Regardless, I like popping this movie into the player from time to time, and if you’re a superhero fan, you should, too.
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Word-Warrior More than 1 year ago
ryan reynolds was pretty good. mark strong was fantastic, but underused. he was a great sinestro, i don't know why they needed the other villain(s). the actors portraying those villains were fine, but they were working with crap material. it was like one long toy commercial, so bad, it put my six-year-old to sleep, and he loves green lantern.
tiomarco More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Ryan Reynolds is horribly miscast, the script is a jumbled mess with no less than THREE villains and the special effects look like they were done in PhotoShop. One of the few times I've considered asking for my money back.