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Running Time:
2 hours, 1 minute

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This galactic treat is zany, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.

Additional Info:
Chris Pratt ... Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana ... Gamora
Dave Bautista ... Drax
Vin Diesel ... voice of Groot
Bradley Cooper ... voice of Rocket
Lee Pace ... Ronan
Michael Rooker ... Yondu Udonta
Karen Gillan ... Nebula
Djimon Hounsou ... Korath
John C. Reilly ... Corpsman Dey
Glenn Close ... Nova Prime
Benicio Del Toro ... The Collector

Guardians of the Galaxy
After a prologue featuring a young Peter Quill witnessing the last breaths of his mother, we find ourselves on a desolate planet that is home to the remnants of an ancient, alien civilization. It is 26 years later and our hero Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is searching for something, using a high-tech visor to see into the past. Putting on a pair of headphones, Peter pushes a button on his portable cassette player. Peter has become a member of a group called the Ravagers, who abducted him from Earth. In a scene in the ruins, Quill has taken a mysterious orb that only a few people know of and even less want, due to the destructive power inside it.

Peter's friend Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is also a humanoid alien. She is the adopted daughter of Thanos—another humanoid alien with ambitions to rule the galaxy. She is also one of the chief warriors of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), another villain who wants to rule the galaxy.

Drax (Dave Bautista) is a muscle-bound, tattoo-covered alien with a vast vocabulary, but an inability to comprehend metaphor. His friend Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) is a genetically-modified and cybernetically-enhanced raccoon bounty hunter with a gun fetish, and Groot (voice of Vin Diesel) is an anthropomorphic tree with a five-word vocabulary.

Aside from their physical appearances, there isn't much that distinguishes these characters. As a result of some standard-issue back story, each of them has a chip the size of a dwarf planet on his or her shoulder, and they all react to difficulty with sarcasm and a bad attitude. The exception is Groot, but obviously, he isn't much of a conversationalist. There's a pattern to their dialogue and jokes, such as the way Quill contextualizes information using pop-culture references from the 1980s. You'd think he'd have wider pool of knowledge after over two decades of exploring the galaxy.  

The world of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn ("Super") is eye-catching in a general way, from a utopian metropolis to a spaceship prison, but these are just plot markers, lacking specifics. The action sequences are rather nondescript, and the climax is an arduous sequence of visual pollution consisting mostly of bright colors and frantic, unintelligible motion.   

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