Man of Steel (2013) Movie Review

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2013 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
143 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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Man of Steel Review


Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.

Man of Steel (2013) is a British-American superhero action adventure movie that is the first installment in the DC Extended Universe and is also a reboot of the Superman film series. The film had an estimated budget of $225 million and grossed over $668 million at the box office. Director Zack Snyder (300 (2006), Sucker Punch (2011), Watchmen (2009)) did a marvelous job filming this action packed movie in several locations in Illinois, USA; California, USA, and Canada with an alien from Krypton. Zack made a film for Superman fans and apparently did not care what critics or anyone had to say. He went with his gut and gave Superman fans what they want, and that is nonstop action without all of the romance stuff. Man of Steel contains extreme violence, minor nudity of a baby which is shown three times in the movie, minor bad language such as hell; damn; ass, etc., suspense, thrills, frightening scene in the sense that people are in danger from a tornado and man-made disasters.

Man of Steel revolves around Clark Kent/Kal-El ( Henry Cavill - The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Immortals (2011)) protecting people/humanity from General Zod from destroying humanity. The movie starts by introducing us to the planet Krypton, which is destroyed as a result of years of industrial mining. The chief advisor of Krypton, Jor-El ( Russell Crowe - Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), L.A. Confidential (1997), Les Miserables (2012)) suggests that all of the inhabitants should be evacuated. General Zod did not like Jor-El’s decision and instructed his soldiers to arrest all the councilors but Jor-El stole genetic codes and infused them into his infant son, Kal-El’s DNA before Zod got his hands on them. Kal-El was the first child to be born naturally on Krypton in centuries and his father saved him by putting him in a preprogrammed spacecraft leaving from Krypton.

Skip forward several years later and we see Kal-El/Clark Kent discovering his abilities and receiving his new suit with a mission to save the world from Zod, who has escaped the Phantom Zone. Zod gave Clark an option to either go to war which will kill many innocents or surrender himself - Which will Clark/Kal-El pick? Zod intends on transforming Earth into Krypton by taking Clark’s genes which will be used to create Kryptonian colonists resulting in humanity’s extinction. What will be the end results? Will Clark or Zod win this battle and will anyone Clark cares for die in this fight off? It was one of the best Superman movies I have seen with great graphics, action, and dialogue.

I was pleased with the way the movie came out with not too much romance which makes it a great family oriented movie, and the action was a lot but not overwhelming. The CGI was spectacular and yes there was a lot of it, but it was not too much for me, and I think fans will enjoy it because it was detailed and excellent which makes the visual appeals pleasing to the eyes. All of the actors did a fantastic job with their roles, and the little humor that was thrown in was good, but a bit more would have been nice. I gave this movie an eight because there was lots of goofs/mishaps which you will notice throughout the film. The goofs/mishaps will not take away from you enjoying this movie as they are minor but are very visible.

About Man of Steel 2013

Title: Man of Steel
Original Title: Superman: Man of Steel, Untitled Superman Reboot
Year: 2013
Runtime: 143 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Diezel Ramos, Anthony J Sacco, Luke Burnyeat, Laurence Fishburne, Julian Richings, Johnny Otto, Richard Cetrone, Mike Dopud, Mary Black, David Lewis, Harry Lennix, Carla Gugino, Clint Carleton, Michael Shannon, Joel Thingvall, Aaron Pearl, Michael Kelly, Alessandro Juliani, Doug Abrahams, Victor Formosa, Christopher Meloni, John Andrew Vaas, Kevin Costner, Chad Krowchuk, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Mark Gibbon, Salomon Passariello, Carmen Lavigne, Bruce Bohne
Writers: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster
Director: Zack Snyder