Review of G-Force


Movie Review: "G-Force" --

Rating: PG
Length: 88 minutes
Release Date: July 24, 2009
Directed by: Hoyt Yeatman
Genre: Animation, Action and Adventure
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Jon Favreau and Sam Rockwell
Stars: 3 out of 5

"G-Force" is a 3D animation depicting a secretly trained and elite intelligence attack squad of rodents that are creations of the experiments of a clandestine division of the US government. The squad is known as G-Force, and its mission is to stop a diabolical billionaire from topping world governments and dominating the world. Zach Galifianakis of "The Hangover" plays the role of Ben, who is the human scientist responsible for training this squad.

The clandestine operation is funded by the federal government, but a bureaucratic and hostile agent of the FBI, (Will Arnett), threatens to shut it down. The rodents and their human trainers have to destroy the household electronics empire of a sinister tycoon called Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy) to save G-Force. Bill Nighy has added an Australian tinge to his speech, although the camp-cockney delivery lacks in creating comic relief.

"G-Force" becomes an adventurous rhapsody as the guinea pigs execute heroic stunts. Size is of no importance to these covert government agents, as their military operations reflect a power to reckon with. Penelope Cruz (who voices Juarez), Tracy Morgan (who voices Blaster) and Sam Rockwell (who voices Darwin) have done a nice job with these puny critters. Their forced tones will entertain you throughout the movie.

The squad launches an unauthorized operation on the night preceding the termination of the clandestine project. They infiltrate Saber's mansion and manage to steal an outline of Saber's strategy for taking over the world. The plan is to give this information to the FBI and in this way, save their program. Ben, their boss, and FBI agents Carter (Jack Conley), Trigstad (Gabriel Casseus) and Killian (Will Arnett) open the file to discover it has a computer virus. There is no longer any evidence to help the rodents extricate themselves, and their operation is shut down.

They end up caged in a pet store. There is a psychotic hamster that is voiced by Steve Buscemi and a hairy pig suffering from chronic flatulence voiced by Jon Favreau. These creatures rescue the plot with their comic traits. The flurry agents, together with Speckles the mole (Nicolas Cage), hatch an escape plan, with the rendezvous being Ben's place. They are determined to stop Saber's villainous plot from unfolding.

At this point, the plot of "G-Force" escalates into an action-packed series of car chases, glass window-breaking moves and near-death misses by crushing. Attack dogs and automated home appliances with deadly appendages launch attacks on the rodents, while armed agents are hunting them down as escapees. Exterminators nearly gas them, and they barely escape an explosion. One of the critters even finds himself put in a microwave oven and nearly cooked alive. These high-action scenes may be a bit too intense for the younger generation.

The action-packed escapades are punctuated with thoughtful moments. The rodents are faced with imminent setbacks, but they stand together and trusting each other, manage to bring down the villain and get themselves a heroic status. This plot gives "G-Force" a moral perspective. The G-Force squad sports attitude and is armed with top-notch equipment as the furry creatures endeavor to prove that they are worth more that laboratory test subjects. Their hair-raising escapades, coupled with the special 3D effects of the animated tale, pretty much covers up for the comic relief, making "G-Force" a highly intense movie suitable for family viewing.