For five years Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. Finding nothing he comes back to a changed world--not only has terrorism become rampant but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has married started a family and won the Pulitzer for her piece Why the World Doesnt Need Superman. After a stop in Smallville to see his adopted mother (Eva Marie Saint) Superman is back in Metropolis and Clark Kent has his old job back at the Daily Planet with everyone still incredibly oblivious to his alter ego. But where theres Superman theres Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) and he is likely to be planning something dastardly--in this case using a piece of pilfered kryptonite to grow an entirely new continent that he will control. Bryan Singer (X-MEN 1 and 2) armed with a script by Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty approaches the red cape with reverence for the lore of the character and respect for Richard Donners SUPERMAN (1980) and Richard Lesters 1980 sequel films that ushered in the era of the modern superhero film. Singers SUPERMAN is filled with melancholy and not so subtly suggests the notion of Superman as a Christ figure sacrificing himself to save mankind. But there are still laughs mostly courtesy of Spacey (clearly having a blast) and Parker Posey as his moll Kitty Kowalski as well as plenty of gasp-inducing set pieces including a spectacular and terrifying near plane crash and a sinking boat. While modern visual effects have allowed Superman to reach entirely new realms Singer keeps them from becoming the films raison detre thus keeping the Man of Steels gigantic heart intact--heavy though it may be.
Release Date: 14 May 2007
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
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