G-Force 3D the Movie Review – O2 Vue Cinema
Published 3 August 2009
G-Force, a Disney-produced animated movie, is now out in cinemas, and is one of the first movies using new 3D technology. Wait… I hear you ask, didn’t 3-D technology make its debut like two decades ago, but was a complete failure and got permanently canned?
Yes to the first point, and no to the second. It was true that when 3D movie technology first came out, many in the industry were quick to trumpet its potential and envisioned that all movies would be in 3D by the millennium. However, what they failed to realize was that they presented a flawed version of the technology, with the resulting picture not as natural-looking in 3D or as sharp, and as a result many cinema-goers went back to watching films in 2D.
Fast forward to 2009, and this has all changed with radical new technology, aided by advanced computer processing to create amazingly realistic 3D scenes that look natural and in high definition. The technology is especially powerful in animation, where it is relatively simple to add 3D rendering to scenes. Which is why G-Force 3D actually impressed me, for all my pre-movie skepticism.
The story itself is not very spectacular; a group of specially trained hamsters (sorry, guinea pigs) go on covert operations and missions, and stumble across plans for world domination using coffee machines (i know.. cheesy, right?). However, they are thwarted by halfwit CIA/NSA officials who want to shut down the covert animal training program, and so the rodents are forced to run. Along the way, they discover important life lessons (why do all animated films for kids now need to have life lessons?) and when all seems lost, manage to thwart the evil plans of a supervillian.
All standard animated movie stuff, with some clever jokes here and there, and enough to keep the adults entertained while the kids marvel at talking guinea pigs and turbo-hamster balls.
But what the movie excels in is its 3D effects, evident throughout the entire movie, but not overdone. It would have been easy for the director to pull out all the tricks and exaggerate the 3D everywhere, but the feature is carefully used to maximum effect, so much so that towards the end I stopped consciously noticing when there was a 3D sequence.
The one thing I have to point out is that the 3D glasses provided by the Vue cinemas at the O2 Dome look cheap and there is only a one-size-fits-all, so some people with smaller or bigger faces might have a problem. Also, the pair I got had oily smudges all over the lenses, and could have been used hundreds of times before, and it would be nice if they sanitized between uses; I shudder to think whose oil/dandruff/lice are on them. And lastly, for those wearing glasses, I can imagine it being very uncomfortable having to wear two pairs. I was wearing contacts, but even I felt quite conscious about this bulky thing sitting on my nose for the full 88 minutes.
Is it worth paying the extra money to watch it in 3D rather than in standard 2D? I certainly think that the 3D effects add value to the movie and make it a more enjoyable experience, but value for money wise, its not a game-changing new technology and I feel that cinemas should be offering it for free.
Perhaps in the near future everyone would purchase their own pair of customized 3D glasses that they bring whenever they go to the cinema; it is certainly the dream of movie executives, who are hoping that the majority of films will be shown in 3D soon in the future: 3-D DVDs or Blu-Ray movies are already available to buy now. Titles are limited, but include animation hits like Coraline, Shrek, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and come with free 3D glasses.
If you have watched this movie, you can also get the G-Force game for the PS3, Wii, Xbox360, or Ps2… and they include awesome 3D gameplay!!
G-Force Review: 6 out of 10 stars
3D Technology Review: 8 out of 10 stars