Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dean Israelite|
|Screenplay by||John Gatins|
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Cinematography||Matthew J. Lloyd|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Films|
|Box office||$69.2 million|
Saban’s Power Rangers (or simply Power Rangers) is a 2017 Americansuperhero film based on the team of the same name, written by John Gatins and directed by Dean Israelite. It is the third film of the Power Rangers film franchise, and is a reboot that features the main characters of the original Power Rangerstelevision series, portrayed by a new cast. The film stars Dacre Montgomery,Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston andElizabeth Banks. In the film, Zordon recruits five high school students to form a team that must stop an alien threat led by the witch Rita Repulsa.
It is the first blockbuster film to feature LGBTQ and autistic superheroes.Franchise creator Haim Saban returned to produce the film under his investment firm. The film premiered at Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on March 22, 2017 and was released in the United States on March 24, 2017. The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $69 million worldwide.
A group of warriors on prehistoric Earth, the Power Rangers, were tasked with protecting life on Earth and the Zeo Crystal. However, the Green Ranger, Rita Repulsa, betrays them. The Red Ranger, Zordon, takes the Rangers’ power source, the Power Coins, and hides them while ordering his assistant Alpha 5 to perform a meteor strike which kills Zordon, sends Rita to the bottom of the sea, and destroys the dinosaurs.
In modern Angel Grove, football star Jason Scott is thrown off the team and placed under house arrest after a failed prank. He is sent to detention, encountering Billy Cranston and Kimberly Hart. Jason and Billy head to an abandoned gold mine to explore. Billy detonates explosives to destroy some rock, attracting the attention of Kimberly and fellow students Trini Kwan andZack Taylor. The five discover the Power Coins when the police arrive to investigate. While escaping, their car is hit by a train. The five find themselves at home the next day, and discover they have been granted superhuman abilities. Elsewhere, Rita’s body is found. Upon awakening, she goes on a rampage, taking every piece of gold that she can find in order to raise her minion Goldar to find the Zeo Crystal.
The five teenagers return to the mine, discover an ancient spaceship, and meet Alpha 5, and Zordon’s consciousness. They inform the teenagers about the original Rangers and about Rita, warning them that they have 11 days until Rita has her full power and finds the Zeo Crystal and uses it to destroy all life on Earth. The five teens leave the ship with no intention of returning until Zordon pleads with Jason to convince the team to prepare for Rita’s oncoming attack.
I didn’t know what to expect when I went to see this one. There was mediocre acting, cliche High School characters, and an outrageous plot, all no surprise. The effects were fantastic, and in the end, it was two guys in high tech rubber suits battling over a miniature city, just like the old B&W Godzilla flicks. I loved this. Especially the silly Power Rangers song that I figured was licensed away with the cartoon. All in all I have to give this one a begrudging 3 stars, as it spent enough time building up the climax, that by the end I had to see it. Fun for all ages, especially the end. – MR