|G-Force (3D/2D) (2009)|
|Written by Noah Fleming|
|Monday, 07 November 2011|
There isn’t much to say about “G-Force.” It is a relatively thin film that offers entertainment for kids. The film takes the same spy kid genre story and hands it over to talking guinea pigs. Despite low ratings by viewers, the film did take in about $140 million at the box office. That isn’t too shabby.
“G-Force” stars three guinea pigs, a fly and a mole as super spies that have been trained by a forgotten department of the Federal Bureau. When their funding is about to be taken away, they embark on a mission to gather intelligence that the FBI has been unable to get for two years. After a somewhat less than stealthy mission the guinea pigs successfully retrieve the data. However, when the Bureau shows up for an inspection, the data is found to show nothing at all. This final embarrassment gets their operation shut down.
The guinea pigs escape but get trapped in a pet store. Eventually they finally escape and make their way back to their handler’s house. Darwin, leader of the guinea pigs has found out that there is a chip in all the machines made by Saber. The guineas have less than 24 hours to stop this chip from being activated, otherwise the machines will turn into lethal killing machines and annihilate the human race.
As I said, the film doesn’t have much to it. It plays like a bigger budgeted television cartoon.
“G-Force” comes to Blu-ray 3D with a rather inconsistent post-conversiontransfer. It is still good mind you, better than “Chicken Little,” butstill far from the top Blu-ray 3D releases from Disney. The aspecthurting this transfer is inconsistency. I found that is what I look forin Blu-ray 3D especially. I want to be wowed with depth and extensionevenly throughout the film, like “Toy Story 3 3D.” Alas, “G-Force” hassome standout moments, but then the dark, stealth-mission sequencesdon’t lend themselves to very eye-popping 3D imagery. Of course, thisis inherent in dark images. Nevertheless, it is an inconsistency. Thedetails remain nicely textured like the 2D counterpart. However, thereare numerous occasions in which fur and other textured elements fallflat. The 3D extension from the screen is better than I thought itwould be, particularly in the action mission sequences. The aliasingand banding of the original 2D release is still present here, and insome instances more attention is brought to them due to the 3Dconversion. Crosstalk was absent during my viewing, but every 3Dviewing setup will be different. Just know that crosstalk can beeliminated on this release with proper viewing setup. This isn’t astellar 3D release, ranking third out of the four Disney 3D titlesreleased November 8th. Still, it has a certain charm to it.
“G-Force” comes with an excellent DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track, but onethat is quite reserved. One might expect a Bruckheimer production toblast you out of your seat. However, it is pleasantly tame tocompensate for the targeted viewers. This is probably the first kidaction movie to attempt to protect children’s hearing. Such is not thecase with “Finding Nemo.” Dialogue is always intelligible and matchesthe scene. Sound effects are used judiciously. There are instances inwhich the sound effects don’t quite live up to the action on screen. Directionality is decent, although there are precedence blunders. Frequency response is full and the dynamic range is decent. The LFEchannel is reserved, but does kick in when absolutely necessary. Theaudio track will certainly keep kids interested, but adults will find ita bit tame compared to films like “Transformers.”
The Blu-ray 3D Combo pack comes with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D and DVDdiscs. All special features are located on the Blu-ray 2D disc. Thefirst bonus material is the Cine-Explore Mode. This is apicture-in-picture track hosted by director Hoyt Yeatman. There is awealth of footage here, but unfortunately, the featurettes are notaccessible via the bonus materials menu. There are some deleted scenesthat are boring and suffer in video quality. “Inside the Animation Lab”goes beyond the special effects. “Blaster’s Boot Camp” is asuperficial look at the world of being a spy. “Bruckheimer Animated”examines the history of Bruckheimer’s use of animation. “’G-Force’Mastermind” examines the fact that the film’s concept was designed by afive year-old. The five year-old son of the director no less. “G-Farce” is a collection of outtakes. Lastly, there are threeridiculous music videos.
“G-Force” is really just for kids. Adults will be able to sit throughit with their children once, but that’s about it. The 3D video qualityis decent, and will keep kids interested, but its inconsistent naturekeeps it from being a star in my book. The audio quality is good butdoes has caveats. This is worth a look if you have kids.