Review: G-Force

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With numerous jam-packed action films to his name, producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the screen with the comedy adventure G-Force, which opens in theaters Friday. Through the effective use of Disney Digital 3-D and projectors using Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing device, viewers feel like they are part of the action. I jumped a couple of times when an insect almost seemed to fly directly over my shoulder and into the screen. The visual effects were quite convincing to the point of my "suspension of disbelief" kicking in. The only time I thought, "Did they get that right?" was the need to count whether a dancing roach had the proper placement of his three pair of legs (don't get me started about the factual errors in Antz).

The story is simplistic, and immediate -- a covert government program trains animals, including guinea pigs, to work in espionage with the use of high-tech spy equipment that would make James Bond cringe with envy. The program is about to be shut down, so the G-Force decide to prove themselves to upper management through a covert mission to prevent global domination.

The animals whose voice actors were emulated in their characters were my favorites: Blaster (voiced by 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan) a guinea pig with lots of attitude, and Bucky (voiced by Steve Buscemi), a hamster of questionable heritage and mental state.

The dialogue at times is a bit banal, but the nod to movie classics such as Apocalypse Now and Die Hard -- "Yippee-ki-yay, Coffeemaker" -- evoked chuckles from the adults in the screening. Make no mistake, this is a kids' movie, which should be a welcome relief to parents who were taken aback by the adult content of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Although not as strong as last year's Bolt, G-Force will be sure to please younger viewers.