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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some mild action and rude humor.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A charmless, pointless addition to the parade of 3-D animated action adventures, but this one is strictly for the under ten set.


G-Force
In this 3-D adventure combining live action with animation, Ben (Zack Galifianakis) is an FBI agent desperate to impress his superiors. He and his pretty assistant Marcie (Kellie Garner) have been working with animals, training them for undercover work. His most prized students are a trio of guinea pigs - Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Blaster (Tracy Morgan), Juarez (Penelope Cruz) and a mole named Speckles (Nicolas Cage). Their first mission involves uncovering an evil plot by electronics billionaire Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy), a highly successful appliance manufacturer who has secretly installed military microchips into all his products, and plans to take over the world in two days with a bunch of coffee machines, refrigerators, and microwave ovens.

When the team's efforts to uncover the truth fail, bureau head Kip Killian (Will Arnett) shuts Ben down, and his highly skilled creatures are put into a pet shop cell with a flatulent guinea pig called Hurley (Jon Favreau) and a highly strung hamster named Bucky (Steve Buscemi). Before long, they plan their escape, hopefully in time to save the world.

An awful lot of effort went into G-Force directed by Hoyt Yeatman who has been doing special effects wizardry in live action movies for over thirty years. It is technically proficient and if value was determined in dazzle, this movie would be a solid winner. Sadly, there has probably not been another film this so-so summer that went so far visually for so little effect. There are a few sequences that truly shine with the seamless incorporation of animation and live performance, but with the exception of a few "roller coaster" ride moments, there only a few other sequences that make wearing the 3-D glasses worth it, so it's probably true that the experience would be just as good or better in 2-D. If you're just looking for a movie with cute rodents, childish humor, and spectacular  effects, this is not a bad choice, just a pointless one.


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