It's 10 minutes before a human character appears on-screen in Green Lantern, a personality-free franchise-launcher. Via a heavily CGI'd prologue, we learn that The Universe is patrolled by a group of multi-species warriors called The Green Lantern Corpswith each member issued an actual camping lantern, which they use to recharge the clunky rings that allow them to harness "the emerald energy of willpower" to "create what you see in your mind." When a dying Lantern uses his last breaths to command that his ring seek out his replacement, the ring ropes in Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a bad-boy human pilot given to daddy-issue flashbacks, and flirting via terrible double entendre with aerospace exec Carol (Blake Lively). Hal is transported into space, where Lantern leaders are skeptical that a human can make it in the Corps. But then the evil threat known as the Parallax gets its hooks into Hector (Peter Sarsgaard), a scientist creepily obsessed with Carol, and from there somehow it becomes apparent that the future of the Earth is in danger, so. . . . Director Martin Campbell never rewards the viewer for even trying to keep track of what is going on. Instead, try to grab on to the small pleasures: Sarsgaard gives a grand camp performance, and while hardly registering as a villain, the Parallax is a breathtaking visual idea. As for Reynolds, his body is a marvel of precision sculpting. The pulsing of his abs is the closest Green Lantern gets to character detail.
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: Michael J. Green, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, John Broome, Gil Kane, Mart Nobell and Bill
Producer: Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard and Blake Lively