discovering a strange green ring from a dying alien, the
talented but unreliable test pilot Hal
Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is quickly whisked off to the planet of Oa to be
trained as one the elite Green Lantern Corps.
Endowed with newfound power, Hal arrives on the
Lantern planet of Oa, only to be met by the disapproving Sinestro (Mark
), a high-ranking commander unconvinced by Halís fortitude.
However with a planet destroying evil named Parallax roaming through the
galaxy, and misunderstood scientist Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard
acting as the malevolent forceís puppet on earth, Hal is forced to
disregard his doubters and fight for both his home and Carol Ferris (Blake Lively
), the woman he loves.
The major problem with Green Lantern is that the main character suffers from goofy origins and a basic lack
of complexity. This lack of depth is
particulalrly troubling because all we get are generic daddy issues and a growing intimacy
with the sexy Carol Ferris. Halís supposed inner demons never become convincing
for a second. There are also too many other characters who pop up all over the place.
Ryan Reynolds is a decent leading man,
but nobody else is given enough time to make any impression. Blake Lively looks
gorgeous but she portrays nothing more than
a romantic interest, while talented performers such as Mark Strong,
Tim Robbins and Geoffrey Rush have almost nothing to do. Both of the villains are unintimidating, one being a
giant gas cloud, the other a sniveling nerd with a laughably enlarged head. Directed by Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") who's working with a
screenplay that is so muddled that the picture constantly feels
confused and saggy. Cutting between its multiple
subplots with little respect for pacing or tone, this is little more than a lifeless, noisy, overproduced, and underwritten special effects movie. Don't expect to see sequels coming along any time soon.