In brightest day, in blackest night, no super hero movie tie-in shall escape my sight. The Green Lantern film and game based off said film both have their brightest and blackest moments but thereâ€™s definitely a winner when it comes to which is better, and a start to a theory I have on movie tie-in titles. And, like last time, the game review steps up for judgment first. Warning first: this entire review is mostly full of spoilers due to the stories of the game and movie being intertwined, but I assume most will continue reading anyway, since very few have intention on seeing or playing either.
The game itself takes place seemingly in between the story and scenes of the film from what I can tell; itâ€™s not particularly cohesive, which is very similar to how the Thor movie tie-in worked. Starting off with the funeral of Abin Sur (more on him later in the movie review) which is quickly interrupted by a group of nearly all identical robots called ‘Manhunters’. Following a major attack in which many Green Lanterns are killed, Ryan- I mean Hal Jordan seeks out the source behind these Manhunters and how they were able to get into long hidden areas of the planet Oa undetected, which again seems to echo the Thor game.
His progression through the planet Oa reveals that the Manhunters sought to harness the Power of Fear, in the form of yellow energy hidden within Oa by the Guardians themselves. Upon confronting the Guardians, itâ€™s revealed that before harnessing the green Power of Will an attempt was made to turn the powerful source of Fear into a weapon to police the universe, like they currently do with the Power of Will, but it was far too dangerous and so they abandoned it.
Journeying through the galaxy to discover the secrets behind the Manhunters’ attacks directs the player through some genuinely fun space battles, as well as saving a civilization, slightly sabotaging the Manhunters on their home planet, and rescuing a fellow Green Lantern. In the end it boils down to a conspiracy by Abin Surâ€™s own son Amon Sur, who is out to bring down the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians of the Universe using the yellow Power of Fear and manipulating the Manhunters for his own intentions. But ultimately, and to no surprise, Hal Jordan stops him and restores things to their rightful order, saving the planet Oa and the Green Lantern Corps and proving that even a human is capable of being the greatest of the Green Lanterns.
All in all, the story – albeit a plug to the film – is very reminiscent of the comics and matches that tone fairly well, which keeps you relatively interested. The gameplay is the generic third-person God of War-esque action adventure, similar to the Thor video game, although the major difference between Thor and Green LanternÂ is that the Green Lantern game manages to pull it off and keep it interesting. With a simplistic levelling up and points system, the player can basically select whatever Green Lantern power up they want and, if they’ve leveled up enough and have the points, most of these power ups can be increased in level up to three times.
Each of the constructs the player uses throughout combat has a unique look, be it giant dual-wielded hammers or a massive mech suit, even if theyâ€™re a little off from the characteristic things Hal Jordan tends to create in the comics and much more similar to constructs of Kyle Rayner, they still looks pretty cool colliding with your enemies. The multiplayer gameplay has a good amount of fun and added laughter to it, too, due to some inconsistencies in the cutscenes and story with the second player taking on the role of Sinestro.
For every brightest day there must come a blackest night, and to the game thereâ€™s the film. The Green Lantern movie is a campy incoherent mess in which Ryan Reynolds becomes the Green Lantern of sector 2814. Thatâ€™s right: Ryan Reynolds, not Hal Jordan. Itâ€™s difficult to take Ryan Reynolds seriously and although the entire cast appears to have had fun on set, it feels like this light-hearted fun factor has translated into the film’s production and made it come across as a high budget direct-to-DVD title instead of a summer blockbuster.
So, basically the greatest of the Green Lantern Corps, Abin Sur, is on his way through space when he is attacked by a vengeful entity known as ‘Parallax’, since he had previously imprisoned him/it. Being forced into an escape pod while mortally wounded, he falls to Earth where he instructs his ring to seek out one without fear and therefore worthy of the ringâ€™s power. Shamed test pilot Hal Jordan is told of what he is to become and runs off with the lantern and ring, and before long learns to activate them, which sends him to planet Oa to begin training and evaluation.
As the first human to ever be chosen as a Green Lantern he faces much criticism over not only his race, but for being the new bearer of Abin Surâ€™s ring. Being trained by a few of the most famous Green Lanterns – Kilowog, Tomar-Re, and Sinestro – he quickly finds himself struggling with his newfound responsibilities and wavering confidence.
Meanwhile on Earth, a doctor named Hector Hammond, who is dissecting the corpse of Abin Sur, becomes infected by a piece of Parallax. In short time, this transforms him into a large headed villain with telekinetic powers and an obsession with Carol Ferris, the love interest of Hal Jordan. The character of Hector Hammond and the storyline surrounding him are pointless, they add nothing to the story and, if anything, take away from what couldâ€™ve been more shots of planet Oa or more character progression amongst the Green Lanterns.
The Guardians of the Universe manage to create a new power battery based on the power of fear to use against Parallax; the ever reliable fight fire with fire method. Hal Jordan, bent on saving Earth from Parallax, convinces the Guardians to allow him a chance to save his planet which, to the surprise of Sinestro, they agree to. After some terrible CG sequences, Hal saves Carol Ferris from Hector Hammond and then uses a trick from the book of Superman and throws Parallax into the sun.
This is without a doubt the worst film Iâ€™ve seen thus far in the summer season, and with a sequel in the pipeline Iâ€™m not too hopeful about its success. Standing back, I find it difficult to tell which had more CG: the movie or the game. And that is one of the filmâ€™s many downfalls, aside from the bad acting and flat story. As for the trend that with a bad movie weâ€™re given a good game and with a good movie weâ€™re given a bad game? Only time will tell, as the next time you hear from me will be in the review for Captain America.
17 responses to “Review: Green Lantern”
Sounds like the game is a fun enough blast through a lightweight action hack 'n slash with simple combos ala. God of War. How is it for a non-Green Lantern fan?
(To the eternal disgust of one of my oldest friends, I know nothing about Green Lantern except that I think he has some kind of power ring. Oh yes, and he is green!)
Hahahaha! That's about all I know of the Green Lantern too!! For some reason I was never interested in that super hero…
Oh and Hi Kevin ^_^
Looking forward to your Captain America review
Also, I'm new at the wordpress thing… can someone tell me why whenever I write a comment it's automatically thumbs up? I don't like my comments….. how can I stop it?
I think you automatically get a +1 unless someone downvotes your comments. Not entirely sure how the system works to be honest… it's a plugin called IntenseDebate rather than WordPress!
Edit: I just downvoted your comment above and now, apparently, you have 0 thumbs.
Ohhh! Ok, I see. Thanks a bunch :)
It's a good thing I read your whole reply cause I was gonna flip shit when I saw that it was at zero and read the first sentence of your reply :P
I thought that Kevin didn't like my "Hi"… or that he was mad at me for dissing the Spider-Man movies and so decided to go on a downvoting rampage.
Ok, I'll stop blabbing now =D
I have this great image in my head of Kevin sitting at his desk, reading the comments and hulking out in rage and then with his new found strength – down voting everyone's comments until he is able to return to his normal Kevin-form.
Also, while I'm still here, I might as well spam you some more with my useless comments. Why do they always have to put the super hero love interest? You can tell me all you want about their role in the comic books, I still can't stand it! Maybe it's because they are played be shitty actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow or Kristen Dunst…. at least the one in Captain America was somewhat decent (the character that is)…
Ok, that's all for me :)
Emma Stone should remedy that somewhat. Simply by virtue of being Emam Stone.
Unfortunately she has gone with her natural blonde hair…
But, and I might be wrong, wasn't Gwen Stacy blond in the comic books?
And I hope they won't fail the new Spider-Man movie like they did with Spider-Man 2 and 3…. you know what, Spider-Man 1 wasn't so great either…. (I apologize to any Fan Boys)
I am just looking at the fact that Emma Stone would have made a great Mary Jane (or whatever Kirsten Dunst's character was called) and instead they cast her as Gwen Stacy. Damnit.
I don't really like the Spiderman series of films, but then, I don't really like the comics or character much anyway.
I would watch a movie starring Imam Stone.
Damnit, I was wondering when someone would spot my mistake.
I looked up Imam, apparently this is a Islamic thing.
Indeed, I liked the idea of a Hollywood starlet who was also an austere Islamic teacher. It's a bit like a Rob Schneider vehicle from a parallel dimension.
I confess my first encounter with the term was through the film Pitch Black aka. Action Imam and the Disposable Muslim Youth.
Green Lantern came across as a wild galactic adventure shoved into a grounded small-town hero story.
"You're a member of an intergalactic police force! Also, multiple sentient alien races living in harmony! YOU CAN FLY THROUGH SPACE, HAL JORDAN."
"But I'm scaaaaared!"
At least they called out how stupidly ineffective the mask was.
I think I might be a bad person because I don't hate Ryan Reynolds. Mind you I used to watch a lot of 'Two Guys, a girl and a pizza place' so I think it might just be that I have terrible taste.
That said the script seems to have focused on the wrong things about Hal, namely they should have gone with the Paedophile angle:
But she aged quickly so it's perfectly fine, right? Right?!
I actually remember reading that comic when I was a kid and thinking that there was something seriously messed up with Green Lantern.