Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Hoyt Yeatman|
|Produced by||Jerry Bruckheimer|
|Screenplay by||Cormac Wibberley
|Story by||Hoyt Yeatman|
|Music by||Trevor Rabin|
|Edited by||Jason Hellmann
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Box office||$292.8 million|
G-Force is a 2009 live-action/computer-animated spy-fi comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Written by Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley, the film is the directorial debut of Hoyt Yeatman, whose earlier work includes contributions in the area of visual effects. It was released in the United States on July 24, 2009. G-Force was the first Jerry Bruckheimer production to be produced in Disney Digital 3-D. The film was shown in competing 3-D technologies like Dolby 3D and RealD Cinema. G-Force is based on a story also by Hoyt Yeatman.
The film revolves around a special team of trained secret agent animals, equipped with advanced tools that allows the mammalian members to talk to humans. The primary field team consists of Darwin (team leader), Juarez (martial arts), Blaster (weapons/transportation), star-nosed mole Speckles (cyber intelligence) and fly Mooch (reconnaissance). The unit's leader Ben, orders an unauthorised infiltration of the residence of home electronics and appliances magnate, Leonard Saber, the owner of Saberling Technology, who has been under FBI investigation. The team is able to retrieve sensitive information about a sinister scheme that is set to occur in 48 hours. However, when Ben's superior arrives for his evaluation, his astonishment at the team's capabilities and technology is overcome by his indignation at Ben's unauthorized mission and the fact that the downloaded intelligence appears to be useless information about Saber's coffee makers. As a result, the government agent orders the unit shut down, the equipment seized and the animals to be used as experimental subjects to be killed. With the help of their human compatriots, Darwin, Juarez, Blaster, Mooch and Speckles escape with hopes of stopping Saber's scheme, but find themselves in a pet carrying case bound for a pet shop.
Trapped in the store's pet rodent display case, G-Force meets Hurley, Bucky, an irascible hamster and three sycophantic mice. Although Blaster and Juarez manage to get themselves sold to a family with plans to return to extract their comrades, Speckles' own attempt to escape by playing dead ends disastrously when he is thrown into and supposedly crushed in a garbage truck. Meanwhile, Mooch manages to return to Ben to tell him where his mammalian agents are, but Darwin escapes with Hurley before he can arrive to collect them.
While Blaster and Juarez escape the catman that was their new owners to return to Ben, he and Marcie discover that the discredited intel has a destructive computer function that apparently hid the scheme. At this time, Darwin and Hurley make their own way to their superior. En route, Darwin sees a Saber coffee maker and decides to investigate it, but his examination of the machine makes it come alive as a dangerous fighting robot that he and Hurley are able to defeat by putting it on the road causing an SUV to destroy it. Later Darwin and Hurley transport the wreckage to Ben by a skateboard. However, upon arrival, Ben confesses the shattering information that they are not special genetically enhanced animals as previously told, but ordinary ones Ben took in and trained for the team; Juarez was a delicacy at a roadside tapas stand in Pyrenees, Blaster was found at a hair and cosmetics lab where a hair gel was being tested for allergic reactions, Speckles was found before his family and home where destroyed by humans to build a golf course there and also became blind and had to wear special glasses to help him see, and Darwin was adopted from the pet store after his parents abandoned him because he was the runt of the litter). However, Hurley lifts them from their despair by reminding the team of the astounding feats he has seen them do and the fact that they obviously made themselves extraordinary on their own.
Emboldened but with little time to stop the scheme, Ben provides the field team with the means to infiltrate the Saber residence and plant a virus in the computer mainframe. Unfortunately, FBI agents are ordered to capture the animals dead or alive, forcing the team to elude them with an extended pursuit thanks to a high speed vehicle especially designed for them called the Rapid Deployment Vehicle (dubbed the RDV by Darwin) and Mooch helps out by acting as the camera in the air. During the chase, one FBI SUV gets trapped by moving trucks, while Killian's SUV crashes into a RV, the last one crashes into fireworks, not killing one FBI agent. After the team infiltrates Saber's mainframe, they see a bomb trap but they manage to avoid it because of their size. Meanwhile, Hurley sees a Saberling Oven but it transforms and attacks. In an appliance store, all of the machines also transforms into killing machines and they begin combining with each other. The oven tries to kill the 3 guinea pigs but is destroyed by the bomb trap. The plan is put into motion, and the resulting battle separates the group, only leaving Darwin and Mooch to take the mainframe down. At the same time, Leonard Saber is shocked to discover that his appliances have become killing machines, expecting them to simply be able to effectively communicate with each other. Meanwhile, FBI leader Kip Killian leads his men to take advantage of this obvious pretext to finally openly move against the industrialist thinking that he was the mastermind and interrogate him in the command truck. Ben and Marcie arrive at the scene and they watch Darwin trying to infiltrate the mainframe and shut it down. When Darwin reaches the mainframe, he finds out that Speckles, who actually faked his death, is the mastermind of the plan. Speckles explains his masterstroke: to cause a massive planetwide bombardment of space junk pulled from orbit to make the planet surface uninhabitable, not only that because he sneaked into Saber's base and put dangerous chips and used Sabersense as a cover for his plan, and that he was the one who sabotaged G-Force's presentation. He also explains that the reason behind his plot is because he wants revenge on the human race for the death of his family. Speckles promptly amalgamates the various appliances in the vicinity into a giant walking robot like being similar to the robots from Transformers, which, combined with a localised bombardment of orbital debris, soon overpowers the police force and grabs the command truck, with Marcie, Killian, Saber, and Ben inside. During the fight, Speckles summons one of his robots to kill Darwin (who loses his parachute and the PDA in the process), but Darwin manages to persuade Speckles that his new family is with the rest of the team and Ben, who had taken them all in. Speckles concedes, and realising that he has gone too far, tries to shut it down, but he has lost control and the machines continue their onslaught. Darwin uses the computer virus on his PDA (which was recovered by Mooch earlier) to take it down, killing the robot and nearly killing Hurley while the FBI take Saber into custody to presumably find out information from him.
The guinea pigs are personally commended by the FBI Director who also appoints them special agents of the FBI. Furthermore, G-Force is reinstated as a unit of the Bureau and expanded with Hurley, Bucky and the mice inducted as new recruits. Meanwhile, Saber makes the largest product recall in history, Speckles is given the punitive duty of personally removing the malicious chips from all Saber products, which number into the tens of millions and Agent Killian was relocated to an FBI base in the South Pole as a punishment for capturing G-Force.
- Live-action cast
- Zach Galifianakis as Ben, a scientist and associate and the trainer of G-Force
- Bill Nighy as Leonard Saber, a former weapons dealer and the head of Saberling Industries
- Kelli Garner as Marcie, Bens assistant who helps G-Force team escape from the FBI by transporting them in tubes
- Will Arnett as Agent Boss Kip Killian, the leader of the FBI who has to track down G-Force dead or alive
- Gabriel Casseus as Agent Carter, one of Kip Killians FBI agents
- Jack Conley as Agent Trigstad, a second FBI agent
- Chris Ellis as William Kingston
- Eileen Atkins as Natasha
- Mini Anden as Christie, Leonard Saber's assistant of Saberling
- Tyler Patrick Jones as Connor
- Piper Mackenzie Harris as Penny
- Justin Mentell as Terrell
- Loudon Wainwright III as Grandpa Goodman, the grandfather of Connor Goodman
- Niecy Nash as Rosalita, a woman who goes to the pet store and sees Speckles, who thinks he is dead
- Vincent De Paul (uncredited) as Mr. Bates
- Helen Tucker (uncredited) as Mrs. Bates
- Arne Starr (uncredited) as Barney
- Voice cast
- Sam Rockwell as Darwin (FBI Special Agent), a crested guinea pig, the head of G-Force
- Tracy Morgan as Blaster (FBI Special Agent), another guinea pig
- Penélope Cruz as Juarez (FBI Special Agent), a female guinea pig
- Nicolas Cage as Speckles, the cyber intelligent star-nosed mole and the true main antagonist of the film who pretends to be an anonymous engineer from China who manipulates Leonard Saber with an alias for him, Mr. Yanshu and Yanshu is the Chinese word for mole.
- Steve Buscemi as Bucky, a Syrian hamster mistakenly called a ferret
- Dee Bradley Baker as Mooch, a housefly
- Jon Favreau as Hurley (FBI Rookie), an Abyssinian guinea pig
- Hoyt Yeatman IV and Max Favreau as Mice
The film received generally negative reviews, with critics praising its action, but criticizing its plot and character development. Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film has a 22% "Rotten" rating, based on 116 reviews with an average score of 4.4/10. Similarly, Metacritic attests the film has received an average score of 41 out of 100, based on 19 reviews.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2.5 stars out of four, saying that "G-Force is a pleasant, inoffensive 3-D animated farce about a team of superspy guinea pigs who do battle with a mad billionaire who wants to conquer the earth by programming all the home appliances made by his corporation to follow his instructions. It will possibly be enjoyed by children of all ages." The film was the number one film at the box office for its opening weekend, making $31.7 million total, replacing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The film has ultimately grossed $292,810,686 worldwide.
The video game based on the film was released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and Microsoft Windows on July 21, 2009. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions come with 3D glasses.
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- Official website
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