Green Lantern

Green Lantern

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. 2.0 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
Green Lantern

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Genre Action / Adventure
Director Martin Campbell
Cast Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins Ryan Reynolds
Studio Warner Bros
Release Date June 2011
Running Time 105 mins
 

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

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Reviews

The Evening Standard

David Sexton

I liked it much more than, say, Thor, precisely because it's so openly childish. That approach seems right for the material. Twelve-year-olds are fabulously well-served by the movies nowadays. Adults - those who remain, most of them probably living secretively in remote villages now, if not caves - not so much … Enjoy, kids.

17/06/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

The digital effects and scenery are good; some action sequences, including Lantern’s rescue of an out-of-control helicopter, blast the senses. The film comes to a halt only whenever heroine Carol, slumberous and anomic, drifts into view, played by the misnomered Blake Lively. Next time Green Lantern should find a damsel worth saving from distress.

15/06/2011

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The Observer

Jason Solomons

As silly summer superhero movies go, this was thoroughly all right.

19/06/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

Tolkien in tights.

19/06/2011

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Time Out

Keith Uhlich

…the film’s very talented director, Martin Campbell (‘Casino Royale’), handles these otherworld scenes, as well as the finale’s tentacle-tastic Parallax fight, with expected aplomb. But whenever this Lantern returns to terra firma (too often), its imaginative flights are ground beneath the DC overlords’ demographic-pandering heels.

16/06/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

There are several reasons why this is one of the least successful comic-book adaptations to date. Firstly, and crucially, there’s the damning fact that the film is decidedly lacking in fun … Secondly, there is the problem that most of the Green Lantern’s activities take place in outer space. This necessitates a huge amount of alienating CGI work and a disappointing lack of buildings getting smashed up … Of course none of this will prevent the inevitable sequel that is set up during the closing titles of the movie.

17/06/2011

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Total Film

Neil Smith

…a film that’s all set-up and no pay-off: an origin story for a hero we don’t much care for with an elaborate lore we have zero interest in, toplined by a star who’s little more than a torso and a smirk.

15/06/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Another DC comics superhero, another ho-hum 3D movie adventure … The storytelling achieves a decent tempo, though the anything-goes effects conjuring will not wow anyone who's used a computer before.

17/06/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

More science-fiction space opera than superhero epic, it works in fits and starts as its disparate parts go in and out of effectiveness, but the professionalism of the production make it watchable in a comic book kind of way.

17/06/2011

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Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

Green Lantern is dazzling in pieces, but we’ve seen too many sharper versions of the superhero origin story in the last few years. It’s not Jonah Hex, but the battery runs low too quickly.

01/06/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

[A] big, baggy, flavourless 3D extravaganza in which his superheroic powers are explained with a long and tiring "mythic" prelude on a planet far, far away … This is sometimes engagingly daft, but it simply fails to spark, and Reynolds – so good in recent movies like Buried and The Nines – just looks like a slice of inert beefcake.

16/06/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

…it’s James Newton Howard’s score, whose lumpy bombastics sound like nothing so much as a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band, that best captures the spirit of this earnest and militantly generic film that sets up the likelihood of a sequel during its final credits without delivering any convincing reasons why anyone should be excited by the prospect.

16/06/2011

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Time Magazine

Richard Corliss

When Hal is initiated into the powers of the Ring, he is told, "Its limits are only what you can imagine." O.K., I imagine I'm watching a better movie.

16/06/2011

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The Daily Mail

Christopher Tookey

The Green Lantern comic strips have been around for 70 years, but it's taken until now for them to reach the big screen. Watch the soulless cliches come flying at you in 3D sludge-o-vision, thick and not particularly fast, and you'll be able to work out why … Even the most uncritical fanboy may notice the Green Lantern doesn't exactly light up the screen.

16/06/2011

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

“Green Lantern” is bad. This despite Mr. Reynolds’s dazzling dentistry, hard-body physique and earnest efforts … Only Mr. Sarsgaard, who invests his transformation with levity, earning grateful laughter, shoulders the lugubriosity well, rising above the scripted clichés and dreary battles, featuring an alien enemy with a skull head and the body of a dryer-lint octopus.

16/06/2011

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