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Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Bill Nighy (& the voices of) Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz, Jon Favreau, Steve Buscemi

Director: Hoyt Yeatman 

Writer(s): Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley

Cinematography: Bojan Bazelli

Original Score: Trevor Rabin

Running Time: 88 Mins.

Ok, consider, talking animals take on a criminal mastermind, he who has a plot to “take over the world”, animals are trained by the government and employ all kinds of gadgets that 007 himself would be envious of, think you have seen some or all f these plot points lived out before, in cartoon form? Live animal form? CGI animals? The answer should be a resounding “yes”. So we have cleared up that G-Force lacks originality, in spades. What it does have though is one hell of a fantastic voice cast that actually sound like they wanted to do it, Unlike Tobey Maguire and Alec Baldwin (to name but a couple of sleep walking vocal performances is the risible Cats & Dogs.

It is safe to say that without the enthusiasm of the voice cast to paper of the cracks of the entirely bored real life cast memebers G-Force would pretty much be a big fat F! It is sad to see the likes of Will Arnett and Zach Galifianakis sleepwalking their way through the thankfully brief scenes they have, especially given Galifianakis’s outstanding display in The Hangover. Thank heavens for Jon “The Favs” Favreau and Sam Rockwell for making talking guinea pigs if not believable at least fun and most importantly funny! Special mention has to go to one particular “voice”, and this is something I never thought I would ever write, Nicolas Cage as a Mole.

Yes Cage has taken on some wacky roles in his time but in G-Force he well and truly makes Speckles (the mole) the star, funny and geeky with a slightly sinister edge, well you dont get that in Knowing do you! It is just great to hear Cage having fun, especially given his awful output of late, The Wicker Man anyone? Given the choice of that over a talking mole I would take the mole any day.

That G-Force is in 3D is of little consequence, especially as the gimmick becomes more and more common I really fail to see how it enhances a movie experience, especially to the tune of an extra £1.50 (even with Avatar on the horizon). Sqeeing as this is effectively an action film and from uber action-producer Jerry bruckheimer no less you would expect a few explosions and a car chase, well it’s close, imagine The Rock with guinea pig’s, a mole and a fly and your halfway there, with solid direction and so good use of the gadgets, and needless to say (in this day and didgital age) the effects are top notch with the creatures used clearly not real but looking every inch as real as is possible with the thankful omission of zany eyes or bogs mouths that seem to dog this type of film.

VERDICT

G-Force is not going to win over the haters, but as talking animal flick’s produced by Jerry Bruckheimer go, it is a slick and amusing action/adventure/amusing comedy, especially if the thought of Nic Cage as a mole appeals to you!

grade-c-

 

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