What happens when Batman and Superman are pitted against each other? As it turns out, utter chaos. With a questionable storyline, tiers of humourless action and a lifeless Superman (Henry Cavill), fans are left with nothing but disappointment from Zack Snyder’s blockbuster.
Of course, there’s a blizzard of CGI, and a substantial amount of twists and turns throughout.
What Dawn of Justice does successfully, however, is to slip into the box office as a reaction video for its predecessor Man of Steel. It kicks off with Superman slaying General Zod across Metropolis (Washington DC) and Gotham City (New York) as a helpless Bruce Wayne/Batman looks on.
Eighteen months on and a lot of reconstructed skyscrapers later, folks want Superman, now deemed an outsider, to be banished. Meanwhile, Batman (Ben Affleck) makes it his personal mission to take down his rival.
So does Superman actually bleed? Well, a couple of shots of Kryptonite later, maybe. But you’d have to actually watch the movie for that. In that case, you’ll also be surprised to see an impressive Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who’s on
a mission to protect her identity.
In the process, she has to cross paths with Batman, which makes way for some interesting conflict between the two, something we’d actually hope to see more of in the future.
But at the end of the day, we’re left with a 151-minute movie, which actually feels like it. It may have grossed US$198 million (RO76.2m) on its opening day but we say (yes, painfully), stay away.
Review by Alvin Thomas
Karyn Kusama’s psychological thriller pits Will (Logan Marshall-Green) against his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman) when he’s invited to a suspicious dinner party at their house. Will, who was estranged following the death of their son, is convinced that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda planned for him at the party. Maybe Will’s tragic past is haunting him or it’s his past coming through to warn him of impending doom. The Invitation contains a host of twists and turns, and is a must-watch for those who are not faint of heart.
Starring the late Alan Rickman, who died in January, this is his final screen role and a showcase for his masterful talent. He plays Lieutenant General Frank Benson in this powerful drama about a UK-based military officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), who is in command of a top-secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. When a young girl enters the kill zone, the stakes are raised. A taut and timely look at modern warfare and the ethical implications of using drones, with superb performances all round. Aaron Paul also stars.
Preview: 10 Cloverfield Lane
Promising to add a pinch of horror and mystery to this week’s action/thriller-packed box office, 10 Cloverfield Lane has fleeing Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) being taken in after a serious car accident and chained up by Howard (John Goodman). Howard insists that she’s being held hostage because the world is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. There’s only one problem; she’s in a cellar and has no idea what’s going on. Can Michelle try to escape? More importantly, what will she find on the outside if she does?
There’s no John Abraham without action and retribution. Therefore, in an almost mandatory course of events, watch Rocky Handsome (Yes! Handsome John, get it?) take on the role of a man bent on revenge against a bunch of rowdies who have kidnapped an eight-year-old girl (Diya Chalwad) with whom he shares a special bond. Directed by Nishikant Kamat (who also plays the lead villain), this is a remake of the Korean movie The Man from Nowhere. Shruti Haasan plays John’s pregnant love interest and while that makes way for a fairly generic plot, Abraham’s stoic countenance and physique, complemented by Nishikant’s sadistic prowess, makes way for a “handsome” action-romantic thriller.