Well, there's always next time

Well, there's always next time

Despite what Frodo and co would have you believe, the Green Lantern ring is the ring to rule all others. Ring-bearers gain the ability to create anything they can imagine.

For centuries, the intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps, has maintained peace in the universe. But an evil force known as Parallax is changing all that. On the verge of death, legendary Green Lantern Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) selects human pilot Hal Jordan (a brilliantly cocky Ryan Reynolds) as his successor. Jordan doesn't really feel up to the challenge at first, but eventually accepts his role. And not a moment too soon: Parallax is on a mission of utter annihilation. Next stop: Earth.

Meanwhile, scientist Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) has gained powers of his own- but really evil ones. It's up to the newly minted Lantern to save Earth.

The intense action scenes incorporate more special effects and CGI than anyone can take in one sitting. Add to that the swirling green plasm and you'd swear these were video game cut-scenes. It's a sad state indeed when a US$200 million film takes cues from the gaming industry.

The Green Lantern is a latecomer to Hollywood. With monster titles from Marvel- most recently Thor and X-Men: First Class - DC Comics needs to step it up. With the predictable post-credit scene that reveals a new villain, at least the get another shot at redeeming the Green Lantern legacy.

YP Rating: 5/8

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