Test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is given a ring which grants super-powers by a dying alien and recruited into an intergalactic peace-keeping force. Hal tries to avoid the responsibility, but a threat to the Earth and the Green Lantern Corps forces him to become a hero.
Martin Campbell made Zorro and Bond work as contemporary heroes, but doesn’t quite have the feel for poor old Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is dazzling in pieces, but we’ve seen too many sharper versions of the superhero origin story in the last few years. It’s not Jonah Hex, but the battery runs low too quickly.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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