Power Rangers (2017)
Power Rangers Plot Synopsis:High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vengeance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.
Power Rangers (2017) Review
Power Rangers (2017) is a 2h 4 min PG-13 American science-fiction action adventure movie that was shot in several locations in British Columbia, Canada including Kamloops, Vancouver and Steveston, Richmond. Director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac (2015), Acholiland (2009), The Department of Nothing (2007)) did a marvelous job executing his second full-length movie that had a grounded storyline but was also silly at times. Dean made sure he establishes his characters personalities and let their friendship grow before they can activate their armor. It was the first time I saw a gold-eating space witch amongst other things.
Power Rangers revolves around a group of students discovering a few glowing objects in a local mine while serving detention. The group decided to stay together after finding the strange looking object although each of them was dealing with different elements in their life that forced them to grow up all too quickly. A few of those elements was guilt, sexual discrimination, death in the family, identity crisis, autism, etc. I enjoyed seeing the new take on the characters from the TV series as it was refreshing. The last thing the group needed was for the alien Zordon (Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (2008-2013), Argo (2012), Drive (2011), Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006)) and his talking robot, Alpha 5 to recruit them. All of the power rangers gave us decent performances, but Elizabeth Banks who plays Rita Repulsa shines.
I could not believe how dark Rita was in this film compared to the TV series which is understandable. If I did not know better, then I would have thought that I was watching a horror movie and that is just from her first few appearances. The creepy close-ups of Rita when she was searching for gold to build Goldar could be scary for younger viewers as she was looking in people’mouths and other places. Many younger viewers will hear her hissing snake like voice for weeks after the movie as some scenes with her was unsettling but funny at the same time.
It is sad to say that one of the main things about the Power Rangers is the martial arts and the martial arts was majorly lacking in this film although there was some mega-scale action. The fight between the Rangers and Rita’s henchmen were also lacking, and that is because of the CG structures of the Putties. The movie had big-budget action, but the choreography was off.
Power Rangers fans should be warned that it takes a while for us to see the Rangers suited up in their armor but the plus side is that the director remembered where the characters came from.
- Power Rangers Rating Scores
- Our Score: 7
- Overall Score: 5.74
- IMDB: 6.0
- MetaCritic: 4.4
- Rotten Tomatoes: 4.9
About Power Rangers 2017
Runtime: 124 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Total Avg. Votes: 92,698
Power Rangers Writers: John Gatins, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Power Rangers Director: Dean Israelite
Box Office: $85,275,488
Production: Lionsgate Films
Language: English, Mandarin
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Canada, New Ze