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Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds  Actor Blake Lively  Actor Peter Sarsgaard  Actor Mark Strong  Actor Tim Robbins  Actor Jay O. Sanders  Actor Taika Waititi  Actor Angela Bassett  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Sci-Fi Violence

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Green Lantern

Theatrical Release Date: 2009 (USA) / 2010 12 17 (USA) / 2011 06 17 (USA - 3D) / 2011 06 17 (USA)

UPC: 883929140237

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Sci-Fi Violence]

Summary: A test pilot embraces his destiny as a cosmic superhero in Casino Royale director Martin Campbell's adaptation of the popular DC Comics series. 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Action

Features: Preview: Justice League #1 Digital Comic
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Green Lantern

Format: DVD

Release Date: 10/14/2011

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 114 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Green Lantern
1. Scene 1 [6:35]
2. Scene 2 [9:59]
3. Scene 3 [7:59]
4. Scene 4 [8:37]
5. Scene 5 [7:19]
6. Scene 6 [7:48]
7. Scene 7 [8:40]
8. Scene 8 [7:20]
9. Scene 9 [10:36]
10. Scene 10 [8:09]
11. Scene 11 [11:15]
12. Scene 12 [7:55]
13. Scene 13 [4:52]
14. Scene 14 [6:44]

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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Martin Campbell  Director 
James Newton Howard  Composer (Music Score) 
Michael Goldenberg  Screenwriter 
Herbert W. Gains  Executive Producer 
Greg Berlanti  Producer 
Greg Berlanti  Screenwriter 
Donald De Line  Producer 
Marc Guggenheim  Screenwriter 
Michael Green  Screenwriter 
Andrew Haas  Executive Producer 
Ryan Reynolds  Actor 
Blake Lively  Actor 
Peter Sarsgaard  Actor 
Mark Strong  Actor 
Tim Robbins  Actor 
Jay O. Sanders  Actor 
Taika Waititi  Actor 
Angela Bassett  Actor 
Mike Doyle  Actor 
Nick Jandl  Actor 
Dylan James  Actor 
Gattlin Griffith  Actor 
Jon Tenney  Actor 
Leanne Cochran  Actor 
Temuera Morrison  Actor 
Jeff Wolfe  Actor 
Lena Clark  Actor 
Jenna Craig  Actor 
Deke Anderson  Actor 
Griff Furst  Actor 
Garrett Hines  Actor 
Ritchie Montgomery  Actor 
Marcela Fonseca  Actor 
Douglas M. Griffin  Actor 
Armando Leduc  Actor 
Kenneth Brown Jr.  Actor 
Silas Cooper  Actor 
Dane Rhodes  Actor 
Melanie Hebert  Actor 
LaTonya Norton  Actor 
Rick Searfoss  Actor 
Laura Cayouette  Actor 
Bernard Hocke  Actor 
Michael Jamorski  Actor 
Geoffrey Rush  Actor 
Michael Clarke Duncan  Actor 
Warren Burton  Actor 
Salome Jens  Actor 
Clancy Brown  Actor 
Warren P. Munster  Actor 
Tony Owens  Actor 
Donna Haynes Crehan  Actor 
Tiffany Morgan  Actor 
Sharon Morris  Actor 
Lance E. Nichols  Actor 

Country: USA