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Mar 162012

Like many of the superheroes of DC Comics, I first heard about the Green Lantern as one of the Super Friends. The actual story of this superhero becomes clearer on Green Lantern (2011). For starters, his identity is Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) a wreckless and irresponsible test pilot.

One day, Hal goes on an exciting test flight with his love interest Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) as his wingman, against a couple of fighter planes with artificial-intelligence in air combat. Hal wins with a reckless tactic, which nearly cost him his life. However, Hal’s real downfall was when he froze up after remembering how his father Martin Jordan (Jon Tenney) suddenly got killed in his plane when it exploded years ago.

Meanwhile, Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) a Green Lantern from another planet, crash-lands on Earth. He is severely wounded, so he uses his ring to choose a worthy replacement. It chooses Hal and Abin Sur uses his last ounce of strength to tell him that he must put the ring in the lantern, which is in the spaceship, and speak the oath.

Later, Hal takes the lantern home, but has no idea how to work it or even what the oath is because Abin Sur didn’t explain the procedure. Luckily, Hal happens to stumble into the lantern, which powers up the ring, and he automatically recites the oath. Now Hal is officially a Green Lantern.

Hal has yet to understand how to work these powers though. Suddenly, the ring whisks him off to the planet of Oa, the home base of all the Green Lanterns throughout the galaxy. There, Hal meets Tomar-Re (voice of Geoffrey Rush), who shows him around the wondrous planet. Hal shows some amazing moves once he learns how to fly.

Soon, the Green Lanterns all gather before their leader Sinestro (Mark Strong). He informs everyone about an incoming threat from Parallax (voice of Clancy Brown) an evil entity that can destroy worlds. I must admit that Parallax is one scary being.

Afterwards, Hal goes into basic training. First Tomar-Re shows him how to use his will to work the ring’s power, which Hal masters easily. Then things get tougher when Drill Sargent Kilowog (voice of Michael Clarke Duncan) trains Hal in combat. The real problem occurs when Sinestro takes over for Kilowog.

The ring is powered by will power, which is green, and its biggest enemy is fear, which is yellow and what Parallax feeds on to grow stronger. Hal shows courage while training with Sinestro, but it’s not enough because Hal still has fear within himself. According to Sinestro, Green Lanterns must be completely fearless as if fear should not exist. Sinestro even sees Hal as a disgrace because of it. That was enough to convince Hal that the ring made a mistake when it chose him and decides to quit.

That soon changes when a part of Parallax infects Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) and changes him. It happened while he was examining Abin Sur’s body in a secret base. Now Hammond has a larger brain and can read minds.

Hal shows his superpowers in order to save people from impending danger. Although Hal eventually believes in himself again, will it be enough? Parallax has killed plenty of other Green Lanterns and is headed for Earth. It’s all up to Hal to save the day now.

This was an exciting film about the classic superhero. It provides a perfect example of how will power can fight fear, but it never comes easy.