(2017) (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: A disparate group of teens unexpectedly find themselves with superpowers they'll need to use to save the world from a power-hungry villain.
- In the California town of Angel Grove, Jason (DACRE MONTGOMERY) is the star high school quarterback, but he hates the pressure of that and thus tries to pull off a wrong-headed prank that gets him in trouble with the police. It also lands him in school detention where he meets Kimberly (NAOMI SCOTT), a former cheerleader whose mean-spirited actions have resulted in her friends dumping her. He also saves tech nerd Billy (RJ CYLER) from a bully, and when Billy manages to circumvent Jason's home detention ankle bracelet, the jock agrees to drive him out to an active gold mine where Billy's father used to work.
There, they run into Kimberly and also meet Zack (LUDI LIN) whose brashness masks the fact that the only person he has in the world is his terminally ill mother, as well as Trini (BECKY G), whose tomboyish ways don't sit well with her high-strung mom. When Billy's latest experiment brings down part of a rock wall, the five are exposed to odd power coins that accidentally give all of them superpowers.
Trying to figure out what's happened, they return to the gold mine and end up in a cave system where they come across a long-buried spaceship that contains a sentient robot named Alpha 5 (voice of BILL HADER) who managed to place the essence of his master, Zordon (BRYAN CRANSTON), into the ship's computer system before his physical body died.
That was sixty-five million years ago when Zordon was one of several Power Rangers who were trying to thwart the efforts of one of their former team members, Rita Repulsa (ELIZABETH BANKS), who turned evil and simply wanted more power. The teens learn that due to them possessing those power coins they're to become the new Power Rangers. From that point on, they train in ways to battle Rita who's recently been resurrected and is amassing gold and created monstrous creatures to help her destroy the world in her quest to obtain a special power crystal.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They probably will if they're into the Power Rangers universe.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor.
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