G-Force (Blu-ray Review)7 Dec, 2009 By: Stephanie Prange
Box Office $119.4 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 two-DVD set, $44.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for some mild action and rude humor.
Stars Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Zak Galifianakis. Voices of Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, Steve Buscemi.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer delivers his trademark top-notch special effects in this live-action, kid-friendly spy thriller starring computer-animated, cuddly rodents.
Three guinea pigs, a mole and a fly — Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell), Juarez (Penelope Cruz), Blaster (Tracy Morgan), Speckles (Nicolas Cage) and Mooch (voiceover specialist Dee Bradley Baker) — are G-Force, part of a government project to develop specially trained talking animals for covert operations. The project is under threat of cancellation and, to save the world and their jobs, the team must discover the plot billionaire Leonard Saber is hatching.
Along the way they meet Hurley (Jon Favreau), a guinea pig in a pet shop, who joins them on their mission.
G-Force has the wisecracks and slapstick humor that appeals to kids, and the visual effects are seamless. It’s a movie sure to entertain families during the holidays.
Blu-ray extras include “Cine-Explore With Darwin, Blaster and Their Creator,” a souped-up commentary track with making-of segments inserted at various points; “Blaster’s Boot Camp,” a review of some of the stunts and gadgets in the movie; “G-Force Mastermind,” about the director’s son, who helped come up with the idea; “Bruckheimer Animated,” a brief overview of the producer’s career; and “Access Granted: Inside the Animation Lab,” a visit to Sony ImageWorks to demonstrate the animation process.