Hal Jordan is a test-pilot and while testing one of the airplanes an alien ship crashes near him. He gets closer to investigate only to find out that the ship crashed there on purpose.
Gossip Girl anymore... the first half of the movie was great really, as it all seemed to work in the right direction - from cast to writing. Then something happened... and I know what it was for me. I just couldn't care less about Earth! FUCK EARTH! Why does every goddamn evil maniac want Earth??!! We don't have shit here! You know what I want to see? Oa! Oa is interesting as it is a whole planet designed for a police force with members all around the universe! Comics are a fantastical world, why the hell do we keep forcing things to happen on Earth? I know that there is this wild knowledge, the people get more emotionally involved if they see their own planet being destroyed and all the landmarks disappearing..
G.I. Joe starts that way, the Avengers consume New York (click here to read my review!), AND DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT EARTH, I KNOW EARTH, I LIVE HERE!!!!! I WANT TO BE IN SPACE WHEN WE ARE DISCOVERING A COMIC CHARACTER WHO DOES IN FACT SPEND 70% OF HIS TIME IN SPACE!!!!!!! Do you want to know why the cartoon Green Lantern: First Flight works? Because they don't give a fuck about Earth! Yes, Hal is set to protect it one day, but seriously? I mean really, you spent all that time constructing the police force freakin' perfectly, and you give them 15 minutes of screen time? Fuck you DC comics and fuck you director Martin Campbell!
Basically the only way to enjoy this movie is keeping in mind that Hal needs to be presented to a wider audience in order for the writers to go into specific details that adhere more correctly to the comic. A sequel with Sinestro and Hal can barely be ruined, not even with Reynolds' constant misinterpretation of the character.
PS: According to imdb, the second one is going to be directed by someone else. Let's hope for the best!