G-Force
Don’t worry, little buddy. Richard Gere will never find you in there.

Theatrical Release Date: 07/24/2009
Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Live Action Cast: Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Kelli Garner
Featuring the Voices of: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan

When I first heard rumors of this movie, I was certain that my friend was pulling my leg …- crime fighting super-spy Guinea pigs, really? A quick Internet search revealed Disney’s “G-Force”. I groaned, convinced that this would be not only Disney’s downfall, but also the downfall of a much beloved pet (Guinea pigs). Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

For those of you that know the true awesomeness of pet Guinea pigs or the legendary stories of Ginjas (Guinea pig ninjas), then this movie is just for you. It is a wholesome action packed family comedy, sure to please the kiddies and not bore the adults. Now let’s meet the team:

Agent Darwin (Sam Rockwell) is the team leader. He is confident, dashing, and the brains behind many of the missions. Agent Juarez (Penélope Cruz) is a martial arts expert, and the only female on the team. Agent Blaster (Tracy Morgan) is the loud-mouthed adventurer/transportation expert, seeking little more than demolition. Agent Mooch is the eyes and ears of the operation, and literally the fly on the wall. Finally, there’s Agent Speckles (Nicholas Cage), the star-nosed mole computer genius and information specialist that is a must for every good spy movie, with an IQ that is off the charts.

Along the way you meet, Hurley (Jon Favreau) a hopeless gluttonous pet shop layabout, three sycophantic mice, and an obsessively territorial hamster (Steve Buscemi), which may be part ferret.

Now for the human counterparts,… Dr. Ben Kendall (Zach Galifianakis) is the researcher who trained G-Force as well as a myriad of other animals/insects and created a special headset that allows agents to speak English. He is their friend and father figure, but he is also keeping a secret from them. Marcie (Kelli Garner) according to the official “G-Force” website is the team’s veterinarian, but her role is truly more that of Kendall’s assistant.

The two villains of the movie are industrialist Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy) who is trying to take over the world and Special Agent Kip Killian (Will Arnett) who wants to terminate G-Force at all costs.

On a technical level, 3-D effects were cool and well thought out, gone are the cheesy needless pop-out moments of old. Casting of the voices was superb, favorite by far was Steve Buscemi as the crazed hamster. The animation of the animals particularly for all the action and speaking was fantastic. Acting was decent, but campy in parts, which is to be expected. The soundtrack is an upbeat mix with lots of house and techno, and will get your toes tapping.

This is a creative well-paced movie with a fair amount of action, some decent one-liners, and good 3-D effects. As a family film, it is one of the best pictures I have seen in a while, but as a general movie it is merely decent, therefore, I give it an enthusiastic 3 out of 5.