Rated: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 24, 2017 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Based on the TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of the 1990s, this reboot is sometimes nostalgic and fun, and sometimes chaotic. The biggest flaw is that it takes almost 3/4 of the film to get the five teens that become the Power Rangers into those shiny, colorful suits so they can save the earth.
The characters are kids that don't fit in. Jason (Dacre Montgomery - Red Ranger) is in trouble with the law, Billy (R. J. Cyler - Blue Ranger) is suffering from autism, Trini (Becky G - Yellow Ranger) is a loner, Zach (Ludi Lin - Black Ranger) is a wild daredevil who takes care of his sick mother and Kimberly (Naomi Scott - Pink Ranger) uses social media to send out a private picture of a female classmate.
They all meet up at an off-limits quarry where they find an ancient spaceship and leader Zordon (Bryan Cranston, whose face appears on a huge moving wall). He wants them to put on the Ranger suits and use the power they will receive to destroy his enemy Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks, in an over-the-top, campy performance by Elizabeth Banks as the gold-loving evil warrior).
Alpha 5 (Bill Haden is a small robot that helps train the future Rangers so they are prepared for their tough task ahead.)
The teens are talented, charismatic young actors and their back stories are interesting. The special effects are also pretty good, even if the climatic big fight with giant Goldar, the changing, morphing gold monster, kind of dominates the screen.
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