Green Lantern

2011

Green Lantern

Critics Consensus

Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology.

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In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. -- (C) Warner Bros

Cast

Ryan Reynolds
as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
Blake Lively
as Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard
as Dr. Hector Hammond
Tim Robbins
as Senator Hammond
Jay O. Sanders
as Carl Ferris
Taika Waititi
as Tom Kalmaku
Angela Bassett
as Dr. Amanda Waller
Jon Tenney
as Martin Jordan
Mike Doyle
as Jack Jordan
Nicholas Jandl
as Jim Jordan
Dylan James
as Jason Jordan
Leanne Cochran
as Janice Jordan
Jeff Wolfe
as Bob Banks
Lena Clark
as Senator's Assistant
Jenna Craig
as Young Carol
Deke Anderson
as Four Star General Caven
Griff Furst
as UCAV Operator #1
Garrett Hines
as UCAV Operator #2
Ritchie Montgomery
as Bunker Doctor
Marcela Fonseca
as Beautiful Girl
Douglas M. Griffin
as DEO Agent #1
Armando L. Leduc
as DEO Agent #2
Kenneth Brown Jr.
as Avionics Tech #1
Silas Cooper
as Avionics Tech #2
Dane Rhodes
as Ferris Security Guard
LaTonya Norton
as News Reporter #1
Melanie Hebert
as News Reporter (F-35 Crash)
Rick Searfoss
as Two Star General
Laura Cayouette
as Party Guest #1
Bernard Hocke
as Party Guest #2
Michael Jamorski
as Football Jock
Geoffrey Rush
as Tomar-Re
Warren Burton
as First Guardian
Salome Jens
as Female Guardian
Clancy Brown
as Parallax
Tony Owens
as Singer
Donna Haynes Crehan
as Additional Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Green Lantern

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Audience Reviews for Green Lantern

  • Jan 13, 2013
    So far from what I usually watch, but still enjoyable super hero flick, not on the level of Batman, but still enjoyable. 4 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2012
    This movie isn't bad; It's very pretty, but it's just dumb and never connects. I figured this movie's problem out about halfway through: none of the characters have sound motivation for anything they do. Nothing anyone does makes sense, because this damn movie never took the time to hash out why anyone would behave the way they do. Are all Lantern recruits treated with such hostility by Sinestro and their trainers? How did the guardian who became Paralax make the jump between trying to harness fear to becoming an evil fear engine? Why is Hector on his side? How do you become physically infected by an abstract concept, and how do you then throw it into the sun? If the screenwriters had taken a little more time to answer questions like these, this movie might not have lost everybody. Those questions are important, you guys. Ryan Reynolds is endearing, but only to a point.
    Emily A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2012
    A casual observer might be led to believe that one of the reasons why "Green Lantern" is such a misfire has to do with the casting of Ryan Reynolds in the lead as cocky test pilot Hal Jordan and would not be entirely wrong. Like I have said before, he lacks the necessary gumption to play the hero. And as Katherine Curtis pointed out, he would have been better off playing another Green Lantern, Guy Gardner. Plus, Angela Bassett being cast as Amanda Waller is nowhere near as cool as it sounds. That leaves it to Peter Sarsgaard to run away with the movie, even under that makeup. To be honest, the flaws with "Green Lantern" go deeper than the acting in its story of a man who needs therapy much more than a green power ring. Those daddy issues(and he's not the only one) are so bad that he has flashbacks at the worst possible moment of testing a new fighter jet. You wonder why when nobody asks if he is okay after the crash. Compare that to the series premiere of "Farscape" when Crichton is simply told by his father to be his own kind of hero. Along those same lines, "Green Lantern" would have been better off starting on earth, not only because of less reliance on shaky special effects, but also to let Jordan be the audience's eyes as they are opened to the wonders of the universe. That really does not matter much when you consider this is the rare super hero movie that is too geeky by introducing Parallax who in the comics is something of a very convoluted plot device, employed primarily to write Hal Jordan out of and back into the comics.(Looooooooooooooonng story.) Since simple is the best way to go in introductory chapters, a good versus evil storyline would have been the way to go instead of the whole willpower and fear thing.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2012
    I'm not familiar with the underlying comic book character so I can't comment on the film's similarities. That said, I didn't think it was as bad as some people were saying. I enjoyed it and would watch it again. Then again, it's hard not to watch any movie with Ryan Reynolds in it....
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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