Superman Returns (2006) – movie review

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Movie Review by Vivienne Messenger

Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella

Director: Bryan Singer

Superman returns in spectacular style with some breathtakingly tense feats and newcomer Brandon Routh, who takes over this role from the late Christopher Reeve, not only bears some resemblance to him but pulls it off convincingly in true Super Hero style.

An extraterrestrial brought up by his adoptive parents, the Kents, on their Kansas farm, Clark covertly lives a dual life saving mankind with his special abilities when he transforms into Superman. Having disappeared for the last five years and left the love of his life Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) in the lurch much has changed with crime and lawlessness forever increasing in Metropolis and throughout the world. A talented journalist at the Daily Planet, Lois is now engaged to the editor’s nephew Richard White (James Marsden, X-MEN trilogy) and she also has a young son. But when Lex Luther (Kevin Spacey) is released from prison early he catapults the world into a deadly crisis and wastes no time ‘using Superman’s technological secrets’ to create his own new world at mankind’s expense and eradication. Thus begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Superman is galvanised into action against Lex Luther and loved ones become embroiled in the ensuing chaos.

Even though 154 minutes in length, the unfolding dramas and death defying exploits will more than entertain and the duration breezes by unnoticed. Director Bryan Singer has really managed to pull off a masterpiece here and with the help of some groundbreaking visual effects technology the stunts are incredibly well executed, awe-inspiring and out of this world… Add to this the talented and superb acting from the ensemble cast and the movie can’t be faulted!

6 out of 6 stars