Genre: Action

Director: Martin Campbell

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard

**

Canada’s Ryan Reynolds shines dimly as the Green Lantern, the summer actioner of the same name based on the DC Comic and directed by Martin Campbell.

Reynolds is Hal Jordan, a cocky test pilot who busts up billion-dollar prototypes just for the hell of it. Oh, and to impress Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) who plays a corporate scold, frustrated pilot and Jordan’s occasional bedmate.

The buffed-up Reynolds proves to be an inspired hire. His Jordan manages to keep a straight face when he meets a dying purple alien who hands him a Crackerjack toy ring and advises: “The ring chose you.”

 

Reynolds shows promise in the role, if future installments of what’s sure to be a franchise are able to scrape away some of the digital green goo that threatens to drown this film. That will be hard to do with a series as loopy as this one.

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