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Rogen delivers a sting with new version of ‘The Green Hornet’

January 26th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Cathy Morgan

LOGAN—Many were skeptical when viewing previews for the new version of the comic book classic, The Green Hornet. Hollywood and Seth Rogen manage to turn us around, however, with their production.

The movie sets us up with Britt Reid (Rogen), whose newspaper publisher father dies unexpectedly. Reid is forced to take over his father’s role running The Los Angeles Daily Sentinel. After spending most of his life as a party animal, Reid is lost when it comes to taking on such a huge responsibility.

Reid is soon united with Kato (Jay Chou), who was his father’s driver, mechanic and general manservant. Finding themselves out on the town one night, Reid and Kato see a couple jumped by a group of thugs, and are forced to take matters into their own hands.

The duo quickly suck the audience in with their witty banter as they find themselves fighting crime throughout the city. Kato sets them up with high-tech cars, costumes and random gadgets to make themselves look cool while sending out a message to villains that if “you mess with the Hornet, you get stung.”

Reid soon realizes that his father’s newspaper is being threatened by the city’s leading crime lord, and dirty politics were forcing him to downplay coverage of major crime. Reid and Kato set off to find justice and end the corruption that taken over the city and terrorize its citizens.

This movie, which also features Cameron Diaz, comes packed with the typical explosions, gun fights and karate we expect in superhero films, but the 29-year-old Rogen’s humor helps give it a new twist. Rogen, a Canadian-born stand-up comic, is best known for his roles in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. With Green Hornet, Rogen expands as writer, executive producer and star.

I went in not expecting very much but overall it was put together very well and it’s worth your bucks.

• Westates Theatres University Stadium 6, 1225 N. 200 East, Logan; 1:20, 4, 6:45, 9:15 p.m.
• Westates Theatres Providence Stadium 8, 535 W. 100 North, Providence; 1, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 p.m.
PG-13, 1 hr, 48 min.


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