Archive for November 2011
“In brightest day. In blackest night. No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might. Beware my power. Green Lantern’s light.”
These words are spoken by the Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic police force whose job is to protect the universe. Each Green Lantern are assigned a sector and empowered by a ring that allows the wielder to create anything from mere thought. Green Lantern Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison), a purple alien from Sector 2814 crash lands on Earth after a nasty encounter from Parallax (Clancy Brown), an evil being that feeds on fear. The dying Abin Sur commands his ring to find a worthy successor.
The ring choose Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft. Soon Hal is transported to the planet Oa, home of the Green Lantern Corps, where he goes through boot camp. Hal is not only the newest recruit but the first human to ever wield the ring. While fellow Lantern Tomar-Re (Geoffrey Rush), a fish like alien, who believes that the ring chose him for a reason, other Lanterns like Kilowog (Michael Clarke Duncan), Hal’s drill sergeant and Sinestro (Mark Strong), Abin Sur’s old student and Hal’s mentor, believe that Hal isn’t fit to be a Green Lantern because he is afraid. So he quits but keeps the ring.
Parallax wasn’t the only bad guy Hal had to deal with. There was Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), a scientist who was asked by his father Senator Robert Hammond (Tim Robbins) to do the autopsy on Abin Sur’s body. A piece of Parallax injects itself into Hammond, causing his head to double in size and giving him telepathic and telekinetic abilities, which drives him insane. It also doesn’t help that the creepy doctor is obsessed with Hal’s love interest Carol Ferris (Blake Lively).
Hal gets some encouragement from Carol, he goes back to Oa and the Guardians asking them to help him save his planet. You see, throughout the movie Hal acted like he wasn’t a afraid of anything but he really was, and that was the problem. He wouldn’t admit it. That was the same problem with the Green Lantern Corps. They were so arrogant thinking wearing those rings they found in a Cracker Jack box made them gods.
If you guys are so bad ass, why are loosing?
No matter what species you are, human or alien, there’s always something to be afraid of. But once you admit it, you can overcome it.
I remember attending the Green Lantern panel last year at Comic Con International in San Diego. The boy standing behind me asked Ryan how did it feel saying the Green Lantern oath. Ryan not only said the oath for the boy, but he also gave the kid his Green Lantern ring, the very same ring he wore in the movie. That was just so sweet! Ryan really made that kid’s day.
I recommend this movie to anyone who loves comic book flicks.