Clearly designed for teenagers — with the added bonus of probably interesting to oldsters accustomed to the practically 30-year-old Sega sport — the premise is about so simple as it will get. Yet whereas it is the sort of inoffensive movie that will seemingly divert youthful youngsters over a vacation weekend — so kudos for the timing — shrewder adults will politely let another mother or dad be the one saddled with squiring them.
The neatest thing that “Sonic” has going for it, by leaps and bounds, is the infusion of manic vitality that it receives from an unleashed Jim Carrey as the villain, Dr. Robotnik, mainly a mad scientist out to seize or kill the little alien.
Everything else, although, is a moderately tedious slog in what turns into a highway movie, as the lonely Sonic (voiced by comedian Ben Schwartz) befriends the native sheriff (James Marsden), dragging him alongside on a cross-country trek from tiny Green Hills, Montana to San Francisco.
Sonic, you see, has taken refuge on Earth, watching however conserving his distance from its denizens. When the authorities turn into alerted to his presence, they set Robotnik on his tail, giving Carrey license to slide into his “The Mask” mode, twirling mustache and all.
Even as undemanding youngsters fare, the method represents a skinny concoction, with the most amusing gag — wherein the superfast Sonic manipulates these round him whereas they seem to face nonetheless — basically pilfered from the later X-Men motion pictures, the place the Quicksilver character does a lot the identical.
Marsden gamely performs off the blue CGI blur reverse him, whereas his character learns a priceless lesson about what’s actually vital in life. But even with loads of callbacks to the sport, director Jeff Fowler (making his characteristic debut) and writers Patrick Casey and Josh Miller labor to gin up sufficient materials — together with, of all issues, a bar struggle — to stretch the bare-boned plot to one thing approximating a movie.
The backside line isn’t each piece of the mental property actually has the heft to benefit such big-screen remedy, and if there was a solution to construct a viable cinematic franchise round the sport, this does not really feel prefer it.