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Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Review: Man of Steel

10:10:46 AM | 7/7/2013 | Sunday

Man of Steel, another Supeman movie, another part of the DC Comic franchise of motion pictures. Ironically here in the Philippines, Man of Steel was first shown to almost entire cinema houses on the country’s Independence Day (June 12). Have the people forgotten our own spirit patriotism just for the sake of watching this one? Heck, not all are like that, though.

Okay, that’s why I only watched this movie a few days after it was premiered. I was so curious why this time, the Superman movie was more known as Man of Steel, considering that Shaquille O’ Neal even had a movie with that almost the same title (with the same title-type of role but definitely not the same superhero) when I had it at HBO a few years back.

So, Henry Cavill is now following the footsteps of the late Christopher Reeves as one of the only actors who have donned the blue-uniform-and-red-sheet-cape and played the role of Superman, eh?


The movie much tackled the origin life of Superman. It’s like Kal-El (Clark’s original name) was an infant which got their planet’s main element into his body (thanks to his father, the scientist Jor-El) and was transported to planet Earth for his salvation. General Zod (Michael Shannon) did not liked Jor-El’s (played by Russel Crowe) move and killed him just before he was captured following his coup; and just before the planet Krypton was totally destroyed.

Clark grew with his foster parents. He searched for his own identity, until he found out his spaceship and General Zod’s forces (which were then punished and sent into the Phantom Zone) chased him to Earth. Chaos between the two parties rose to the occasion, putting the journalist Lois Lane’s credibility and life at stake.

So, generally speaking, this movie was all about Superman’s origin. On how he became the Clark Kent that we know; how he grew up as a kid and how he faced the situation that defies his superb strength; on how he became a Superman; but without notable villainous characters other than General Zod though.

Well, I believe that this movie has a lot of stories yet to tell. But I think 2 hours and 10 minutes isn’t enough for that though. At least, Man of Steel differs from the typical Superman plots which roll on his different adventures and battles.

I got nothing much to say other than that, though.

The verdict (grade out of 10, with 10 the highest): 7.75



Man of Steel is based on the DC Coimics’ Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, with screenplay by David S. Goyer, and story concept alongside producer Christopher Nolan. MAN OF STEEL stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe. Film directed by Jack Snyder, MAN OF STEEL was made possible by DC Entertainment, Synergy and Legendary Pictures. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Author: slickmaster | © 2013 september twenty-eight productions

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