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Green Lantern (2011)

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Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

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Martin Campbell

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
Blake Lively ... Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard ... Hector Hammond
Mark Strong ... Sinestro
Tim Robbins ... Hammond
Jay O. Sanders ... Carl Ferris
Taika Waititi ... Tom Kalmaku
Angela Bassett ... Doctor Waller
Mike Doyle ... Jack Jordan
Nick Jandl ... Jim Jordan
Dylan James Dylan James ... Jason Jordan
Gattlin Griffith ... Young Hal
Jon Tenney ... Martin Jordan
Leanne Cochran Leanne Cochran ... Janice Jordan
Temuera Morrison ... Abin Sur
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Storyline

In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. Written by Production

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In our darkest hour, there will be light. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emerald Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,174,303, 17 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$116,601,172, 29 September 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,851,172, 29 September 2011
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Abin Sur's ring is seen to bear the Green Lantern symbol on the outside as a crest. In the comics, this kind of ring represents a member of the Green Lantern Honor Guard (normal GL rings have the symbol inside the ring's crest). See more »

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When Hal materializes the necklace for Carol's late birthday present, it's gone a couple of shots later. This is because items are only around as he is willing them. They are not permanent and go away when he stops thinking about them. This has always been his way in the comics and cartoons, and also explains what happened to all the other objects he conjured throughout this film. See more »

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Tomar-Re: Billions of years ago, a race of immortals harnessed the most powerful force in existence: the emerald energy of willpower. These immortals, the Guardians of the Universe, built a world from where they could watch over all of existence: the planet Oa. They divided the universe into 3600 sectors, a ring powered by the energy of will was sent to every sector of the universe to select a recruit. In order to be chosen by the ring, it is said that one must be without fear. Together, ...
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Alternate Versions

An Extended Cut is available on the Blu-ray release, which runs about 10 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. It restores back the 1993 prologue, especially detailing events leading to Martin Jordan's fatal crash. One more additional scene is restored where Hal and Jason talk longer about the perfect game and asking the boy to remember the feeling of that day. See more »

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It's Not Easy Being Green.....
19 June 2011 | by Fields201See all my reviews

I went to see Green Lantern because a friend of mine was boycotting DC for such a long time because there has been no release of a Green Lantern movie. Sure, there were plenty reincarnations of Batman and Superman, but where's Green Lantern? Someone out there listened to his plea, and the result is this.....

A mess.

I will go on record to say that it's at least enjoyable. Even though the movie seems to be everywhere in its storytelling, with characters being underdeveloped and random things just happening. I would say that during this movie, I had a hard time finding a bathroom break. I was at least interested to see where the movie is going.

Let me try to explain this movie: There is this elite group of Green Lanterns led by Sinestro (well played by Mark Strong) who are having a hard time beating this giant alien in the Milky Way called The Parallax. So when their alien friend who's name I cannot remember falls to earth and dies, his ring is sent out to choose a new victim, and somehow it chooses Ryan Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds discovers that he has a new ability, and that he is the earth's only hope, but he can't handle that until the end of the movie. Not only that, but some doctor guy turns into an evil alien which, I guess, is controlled by Parallax, and Ryan has to stop him too.

I must say that I was intrigued by the doctor subplot where he is not accepted by his father (Tim Robbins) and slowly goes insane until he turns into John Travolta from Battlefield: Earth. I also liked seeing Ryan Reynolds in the movie because he brings energy to what could otherwise be a boring movie, and I was enjoying both stories that were coming along. The problem is that the whole movie felt disjointed, and not only did scenes felt random, but events turn random too.

Like the scene where Reynolds is chosen by the ring. It just happens out of nowhere. One minute he's talking to this kid (which never served much purpose to the film) and then all of a sudden he's walking and gets carried away in green light to that dying alien dude. This happened in more than one occasion. Also the CGI was all over the place, even on Reynold's outfit, and it's rather distracting. It's very vibrant and colorful (which is good), but it looked very cartoonish and took me out of the film. I also mentioned that the characters are underdeveloped, which goes a lot to Sinestro and that Parallax thing they are trying to fight. Heck, even the love interest felt underdeveloped. By the end of the film, I felt like I barely knew the characters, with just a likable performance by Ryan Reynolds.

However, Green Lantern isn't boring, just purely average. I think the reason why I sort of liked this film was that I went into it not expecting much. I already had groups of people telling me that this film is awful before its release, so I ended up getting a little more than I expected. Just a little. It was still entertaining, to say the least.


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