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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Henry Cavill
Kevin Costner
Amy Adams
Michael Shannon
Russell Crowe
Diane Lane
Antje Traue
Christopher Meloni
Lawrence Fishburne
Directors
Zack Snyder
Screenwriters
David Goyer
Running Time
143 minutes

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The Clark Knight


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Plot
During General Zod’s (Shannon) attempted coup on the dying world Krypton, chief scientist Jor-El (Crowe) rockets his son Kal-El, the planet’s first natural-born child for centuries, into space. Crashing on Earth, the child is raised by the loving Kents (Costner and Lane) to keep his immense strength and super-sensory perception secret. But when the Kal-seeking Zod appears on Earth 33 years later, it is surely time for Kal / Clark (Cavill) to reveal himself.


Verdict
It aches for more depth and warmth and humour, but this is spectacular sci-fi — huge, operatic, melodramatic, impressive. It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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