*1/2 (out of four)
Somehow Hal Jordan (Ryan "Sexiest Man Alive" Reynolds) has become a renowned fighter pilot despite being a habitual quitter or something—the movie doesn't show him quitting but does say fear once caused him to break things off with Carol (Blake "Also Quite Sexy" Lively), which was clearly a major fail. Sorry, Hal, when a mystical ring chooses you to join the intergalactic tribe of green lanterns that patrol the universe for evil, you've got added responsibility whether you like it or not.
Um: Never is it fully clear why the thousands of other (non-human) lanterns don't help out, especially Hal's primary outer-space contact Sinestro (Mark Strong, who can check off "purple vampire-looking thingy" from his attempts to play characters of different ethnicities in almost every movie). Also unclear: Why this DC comics hero deserved a feature film when director Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") constantly falls back on redundant lectures about will vs. fear but never shows why we should care about the primary villain, a smoky, growly, skeletonish beast called the Parallax.
The verdict: A few questions the movie can't answer: Since when is green the official color of will and not indicative of, say, jealousy or envy? Why does Hector (
Did you know? When someone tells Hal to watch his back, he replies that that's not possible. And who doesn't love a dude who arrogantly corrects other people's sentence structure.
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