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The Movie Itself
2 Stars
HD Video Quality
4 Stars
HD Audio Quality
4 Stars
Supplements
2.5 Stars
High-Def Extras
1.5 Stars
Bottom Line
For Kids Only

G-FORCE

Street Date:
December 15th, 2009
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
December 15th, 2009
Movie Release Year:
2009
Studio:
Disney/Buena Vista
Length:
88 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG
Release Country
United States

Editor's Notes

Portions of this review also appear in our coverage of 'G-Force - 3D.'

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

I was recently able to take my four year-old niece with me to a pre-screening of 'Princess and the Frog.' My wife went out to get her some popcorn and the kids popcorn holders where emblazoned with the "stars" of 'G-Force.' Without saying a word, my niece looked at the pictures and just giggled.

What is it with kids, and their love of talking animal crap? I have no clue as to why a movie like 'G-Force,' with computer animated guinea pigs as super spies would appeal to anyone at all. Alas, kids love it and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

A top-secret government organization has figured out a way to translate animal voices so humans can understand. Although these translators seem to come in English-only versions, they are capable of presenting a cool and sexy (let us never remember that I used the adjective "sexy" to describe a guinea pig) Latina accent for the aptly named Juarez. Let's not delve too much into the language and accent discrepancies because essentially they are there so Penelope Cruz can be a voice.

I'm excited for the day when studios realize that kids couldn't care less who is voicing a movie, and parents have become far too cynical to accept a film just because a bunch of big names are providing the dialogue. Here we have names like Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Steve Buscemi, and Tracy Morgan; but all the kids really care about is if there's enough fart jokes to go around.

On the topic of fart jokes, there are enough to go around. While Disney can put out some great, heartfelt films, it can also let loose some stinkers designed for the sole purpose of appealing to the masses. 'G-Force' is one such film.

I haven't really discussed the plot to the movie, because there isn't much of one to discuss. The G-Force team is about out of money and is in danger of being cut off from federal funding altogether. When they botch a top-secret job that the Bureau has been working on for years it spells the end for the project. Unless, they can redeem themselves by fixing everything they ruined.

The film takes all the usual twists and turns that you would expect. Even the "surprise" ending less of a surprise, and more of a "yeah, saw that one coming."

In the end though, I think kids will love it. There's enough action to keep them entertained, enough potty humor to make them laugh, and enough bright lights and flashing things to keep their attention so their parents can do whatever parents do when their children are entranced by TV. It's a fine film for children to watch. Parents shouldn't be worried about any hidden content that shouldn't be in there. It's a dumb little comedy, but your kids will eat it up. Enough said.

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

The film comes in one of Disney's slightly oversized keepcases. It houses the movie, a DVD copy, and a digital copy.

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

Disney's 1080p/AVC-encoded 'G-Force' presentation is full of color and life. The CG animals look great. Not a bit of aliasing was detected on the fine strands of fur; although, the fur isn't as detailed as the fur on other CG animals like those of 'Ice Age 3'. Dark scenes and delineation work well, providing a very well-rounded and detailed picture. The picture is richly detailed. Facial details and textures are top-notch. Oversaturation is a problem at times during the film though. When you first see Will Arnett he looks as if he has spent the last five hours in a tanning bed. Oddly, enough after that first scene his skin tone looks natural for the rest of the film. Artifacting is kept at bay, except for the slight ringing issues that pop up once in a while. For the most part, the 'G-Force' video presentation is strong and detailed.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio presentation accompanying 'G-Force' is exactly what it has to be, and not much more. It cleanly presents a rumbling good romp of a kid's action movie with clarity. LFE is present, but it isn't overwhelming, even during car crashes and robot attacks. Kids don't need thumping bass to enjoy a movie. Panning effects like motorized guinea pig balls (that doesn't sound right at all) zoom on and off screen trying to evade the special agents chasing them. Dialogue is very clear and will be easy for the children to hear and pay attention to. The surrounds are fairly busy with ambient sound such as scurrying cockroaches and marauding household appliances out for revenge.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

  • G-Farce Bloopers and Flubs (HD, 2 minutes) - Some outtakes with the actors performing in the sound booth. Pretty funny, but cut too short.
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 6 minutes) - Six deleted scenes can be seen here. None of them should've made it into the film.
  • Music Videos (HD, 8 min) - It isn't a Disney release (nowadays) unless it comes with some pop/hip-hop music videos. Flo Rida's "Jump," Steve Rushton's "Ready to Rock," and "Go G-Force" music videos are included. These are best left alone. Trust me.
  • Blaster's Boot Camp – High-Tech G-Force Training (HD, 5 min) - Blaster (Tracy Morgan) gives the kids an overview on how they can become a G-Force agent and what types of tools they use.
  • G-Force Mastermind – Inspiration Behind the Movie (HD, 4 min) - "Inspiration" and "G-Force" used in the same sentence, now I've heard everything. Hoyt Yeatman IV (Yes there are multiple Hoyt Yeatmans. Told you I didn't make it up), is the son of the director. A kid came up with this movie. Bruckheimer latched on to it, Disney bought in, and Whamo! 'G-Force.'

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

  • Cine-Explore with Darwin, Blaster & Their Creator - I always wonder why in the world would studios go through the paces to include a picture-in-picture track for a movie whose target audience would most likely try and stick the remote up their nose than watch a PiP track. I can't believe that many adults out there might want to know the inner workings of 'G-Force,' but if there are I guess this is for you. Director Hoyt Yeatman (I promise I didn't make that name up) appears every now and then to heap praise on his lackluster work. The CG guinea pigs Blaster and Darwin also appear from time to time with scripted lines that are more bothersome than entertaining.
  • Bruckheimer Animated: A Look Back at His CG Work(HD, 3 minutes) - A brief and pointless look at the CG work of Bruckheimer over the years. The only possible reason I can see for including a feature like this is to say "Look he's done CG before, why are you hating on him for doing a guinea pig action movie? Huh? HUH?"
  • Access Granted: Inside the Animation Lab (HD, 8 min) – A short tour around the FX department that created the world-saving rodents. They would like you to know a lot of work went into making these creatures.

Final Thoughts

You want fast-talking, joke-cracking, world-saving guinea pigs? You got them. You want an electronic babysitter? You got that too. Know this, 'G-Force' will certainly entertain the kids just fine, but you'll be much better off leaving your kids with something from the Pixar collection than with this pile of hooey.

Technical Specs

  • BD/DVD Combo
  • Digital Copy

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 2.40:1

Audio Formats

  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

Subtitles/Captions

  • English, French, Spanish

Supplements

  • Audio Commentary—with director Hoyt H. Yeatman, Jr.
  • Blasters Boot Camp
  • G-Force Mastermind
  • G-Farce: Bloopers
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music videos

Exclusive HD Content

  • Cine-Explore with Darwin, Blaster and their Creator
  • Bruckheimer Animated
  • Access Granted

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