Green Lantern

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Mediocre comic book adaptation, directed by Martin Campbell, in which a devil-may-care test pilot (Ryan Reynolds) is endowed with superhuman powers and joins the ranks of an elite force of intergalactic warriors. Opposing the flyboy is a biology professor (Peter Sarsgaard) whose accidental infection with super-villain negative energy offers him the chance to act on his longstanding jealousy over our hero's on-again, off-again relationship with an aeronautics executive (Blake Lively) both have known since childhood. The effects-driven proceedings see the main character struggling to become more responsible -- in the bedroom as well as on the cosmic beat. But the underlying mythos, which pits will against fear and posits that the former, properly channeled, can turn thoughts into reality, including newly created physical objects, seems tainted with a range of crackpot ideologies to which responsible parents will not want their targeted teens exposed.

Watch out for: Themes requiring mature discernment, much bloodless violence, implied casual sex, a few uses of profanity, some crude language and sexual references.

Rated: A-III; MPAA: PG-13

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2011