“Pig out on some pint sized action!”

_ G-Force _

Title: G-Force

Very seldom do you get a film that has talking animals in combination with a plot that can hold the attention of anyone over the age of 10. G-Force is a film that I was not excited about seeing. I expected it to be cute and safe but little more than that. What I failed to take in to consideration was the Jerry Bruckheimer name. I should know by now that JB seldom allows for mediocrity, even when dealing with talking moles and guinea pigs. So what I discovered was a well developed, fantastic looking film that had as much action as any film this summer; even if it was on a much smaller scale.

G-Force is the story of a group of highly trained rodents (just don’t call them that to their furry faces) who want more than anything to be FBI Special Agents. In order to be taken seriously they attempt to infiltrate a high profile, home electronics developer who seems to have a plot to take over the world. But one botched mission and they find themselves on the run from the bureau who now want them shut down and exterminated. With the help of some pet store refugees they must fight their way back into action and save the day.

I appreciated a few things about this live action flick. For starters the animals aren’t able to talk due to some freak of nature or unexplainable phenom. There is a scientific, governmental piece of high tech gear that enables them to be understood by humans. That I can believe. Secondly, the writers didn’t dumb down the plot or action. From the opening scene it looks like a furry version of Mission Impossible. The plot is in-depth and full of adult engaging scenarios. Having solid voicing from people who are not normally associated with kids films (Sam Rockwell, Penélope Cruz, Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and Tracy Morgan) helped out as well. From the get go I took these little rodents seriously. Sure there are goofy kids moments that will keep your little one engaged but the creators didn’t settle for that. They went all out to make a film the entire family could relate to and enjoy.

Don’t get me wrong. There are several moments in this film where you know they were going for the 8 and under laugh. Adults being outsmarted by hamsters is never 100% full proof. But if the rest of the film gives me something I can latch on to I am willing to share the screen time. G-Force did that. The look alone is incredible. Shot in 3-D (a first for Bruckheimer) the scenes explode with color and depth. Lots of onscreen graphics and high tech gizmos combined with Special Forces action make great use of the 3-D technology. If Bruckheimer does anything it is to bombard your optical senses in everything he does. And he didn’t fudge on that just to make a kids film.

G-Force is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor. The rude humor comes mainly in the form of a very gassy guinea. This film is perfect for the entire family and it has been a while since I was able to recommend something for everyone. With a run time of only 89 minutes, it moves quick and doesn’t bog down with a lot of non-sense. The film also stars Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, and Zach Galifianakis in human form and each bring what you would expect. I also appreciate the fact that they subtly bring up some serious animal rights concerns without being too preachy. The message is there though and should be taken to heart along with the rest. So says Matt Mungle

Matt Mungle (matt@mungleshow.com) (7/23/09)

(4 out of 5)

Review copyright 2009 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.

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