Green Lantern

Theatrical Release: June 17, 2011
Green Lantern


In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Dove Review

The special effects abound in this comic book extravaganza. Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is the first human ever chosen to be part of the intergalactic order of the Green Lantern Corps. He is chosen to defeat Parallax, a fierce beast-like villain who threatens the very universe itself. Hal cannot see what qualities within would help him against his evil foe, but it is pointed out to him that the ring never makes a mistake in choosing the right candidate for the job at hand.

Hal has a love interest as well, Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), a fellow pilot he has known since childhood. Her belief in him ultimately helps cement his destiny as a warrior for good. Peter Sarsgaard plays an intriguing part, the role of a scientist who is exposed to great evil and becomes the hapless victim of the evil Parallax’s plot.

The movie features themes such as believing in one’s self, and the need for brotherhood and the help of others. Another nice theme is that will is stronger than fear. Regrettably, this heavy with special-effects epic movie contains strong language in addition to a rating of three in our sex content listing below, and therefore we cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film.

Content Description

Sex: Couple in bed and implied sex between unmarried couple; a sexual innuendo; kissing.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-6; J-1; H-5; SOB-2; D-1; S-2; A-1; B-2
Violence: A lot of fantasy violence including fights with aliens and punching and hitting; explosions; a character is engulfed in flames but it is not graphic; another super-kind of character is consumed with fire; characters are thrown about by powers; death of a few characters; helicopter in danger but people survive; a hole is seen in an alien's body and his muscles are seen on his body; an autopsy is performed on an alien; a needle is telepathically sent into a man's face.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes; a man gives himself a shot.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman's bare shoulders in bed as she is covered with blanket but not wearing anything; shirtless man; man seen in briefs.
Other: Death and grief; believing in one's self and dealing with self-doubt; a father has negative thoughts about his son; the use of the middle finger.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Greg Berlanti & Michael Green
Director: Martin Campbell
Producer: Greg Berlanti
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter