G-Force (2009)

G-Force (2009)

Released: 2009
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Genre
Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Penélope Cruz, Will Arnett, ,
Run time: 88 min
IMDb: 5.1/10
Country: USA
Views: 91711


The story is about a team of trained secret agent flies and a mole that takes on a mission for the US government. A specially trained squad of not guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire, who plans to taking over the world with household appliances.
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User Reviews: Last year’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua turned out not to be the gawdawful pile of excrement I was expecting; it vastly exceeded expectations and climbed all the way up to a 2 on my 9- point scale. Similarly, G-Force (G = guinea pigs; Force = trained as black-ops commandos) could have been utterly dreadful, and it’s not. Still, story creators Hoyt Yeatman (who also directed) and David James do absolutely nothing to rise above the form’s conventions.

It’s a talking-animal flik pitched at little kids. "Aha!", you’re thinking, "poop, pee, and fart jokes." And you’d be right.

Bill Nighy is Leonard Saber, CEO of Saberling, worldwide leader in home appliances. His grand plan, code-named Clusterstorm, is to have all his products equipped with internet-ready chips to let them talk to each other. "Aha!", you’re thinking, "Skynet!". And you’d be right.

But, because the components of world domination come in the form of toasters and microwaves, some assembly is required. "Aha!", you’re thinking, "Transformers!". And you’d be right.

Yes, they got "derivative" down cold. OK, so when do we get to the good part? Well, it’s not the characters; they’re totally shallow and 1-dimensional. But the plot is surprisingly complex, going well beyond the sketch I gave above. The combination of animation and live action is seamless. The 3-D wasn’t really necessary, but it added a certain realistic feel to a totally unrealistic premise.

"I’m only 9 inches tall. I only see the upside.", enthuses Darwin, the optimistic team leader. And we get a pretty good 9-inch-tall look at the world, wherein the CIA and FBI may be no more threatening than a sadistic teenage boy, and the best-laid plans of, um, little furry creatures and men may go agley not only because of computer-rigged booby traps but also due to stray cats.

The script for this kind of stuff always throws in some Easter eggs, intentionally designed to go over the moppets’ heads and give the adults a reason to pay attention. My favorite was when one of our little heroes triumphs over a rogue appliance and celebrates with a "Yippee- ki-yay, coffee maker!". I bet even Bruce Willis does a spit take on that one.

And, FWIW, I now know way more than I ever thot likely about the differences between mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and ferrets. So, bottom line, compared to (ugh) flies (Fly Me to the Moon) and chihuahuas, guinea pigs weren’t so bad.

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