tek's rating: ½

Sonic the Hedgehog (PG; live-action/CGI)
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It starts on another planet, where a young, blue (CGI) hedgehog named Sonic can run at super speed. When he gets chased by a tribe that wants his power, his guardian, an owl named Longclaw, gives him a bag of rings that can be used to teleport anywhere. She sends him to Earth, where he spends the next ten years living in hiding. But he enjoys the planet's culture, and has a particular fondness for a couple named Tom (James Marsden) and Maddie Wachowski (Tika Sumpter), who he hasn't actually met, but spies on frequently. (He calls Tom "Donut Lord" and Maddie "Pretzel Lady".) Tom is the sheriff of a small town called Green Hills, Montana, but he plans on taking a job as a cop in San Francisco. One day, Sonic gets particularly lonely and runs faster than ever, which triggers a power like an EMP burst that knocks out power throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Department of Defense sends in a genius named Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to find out what caused the blackout. Sonic hides out in Tom's shed, where Tom discovers him and shoots him with a tranquilizer dart. Before he falls asleep, Sonic drops his bag of rings through a portal, and they land on top of a tower in San Francisco.

When he wakes up, he convinces Tom to help him. First, Sonic has to hide from Robotnik and his drones. Later, they have to take a road trip to San Francisco (where Maddie is staying with her sister, Rachel, who wishes Maddie would divorce Tom). At one point, Tom and Sonic get involved in a bar fight, and we get to see time slow down from Sonic's perspective, when he's moving super fast and arranging events that will end the fight. I really enjoyed that scene, and it reminded me of my favorite scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Anyway, Tom and Sonic are pursued by Robotnik. They eventually reunite with Maddie, who helps them from that point on. Of course, they eventually recover the rings, but Robotnik catches up with them. And... I think that's all I want to reveal of the plot. There's not too much more to it, but there are some things I don't want to spoil. I will say, though, that there's a mid-credits scene that hints at a sequel.

Anyway, it's not a great movie, but it was pretty good. Definitely fun. And while I can't exactly think of Robotnik as a villain (after all, he was just doing his job), he's clearly a bad guy, but a really fun bad guy. And he was a believable threat to Sonic. And that's all I can think to say.

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