Man of Steel Sunday, 22 September 2019

Man of Steel

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction violence.

  • The pitch:

    Super, man.

  • Starring:

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Dylan Sprayberry, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer, Cooper Timberline

  • Directed by:

    Christopher Nolan

  • Running time:

    143 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People/aliens are shot with laser guns, shot at, stabbed, punched, kicked, grabbed, head-butted, disintegrated, knocked over, frozen, burned, trapped, near-drowned, hit with objects, catapulted through the air, body-slammed, beaten, wrestled, pursued, pinned, sucked out of aircraft, restrained, held at gunpoint, tormented with deafening tone. Air raid, exploding aircraft, missiles, many buildings/skyscrapers collapse, objects thrown through the air, extensive destruction and debris, stealing, famous city under attack. Explosions, armed military, tanks, guns (handguns, futuristic lasers, machine guns, grenade-launchers, rifles), smashed glass. An animal is fatally wounded. Vehicle crashes over bridge, fills with water. Broken necks. People free-fall, are fatally thrown from great heights. Metallic vines with sharp pincers snap at/restrain a man. A woman is trapped beneath rubble. Helicopters, planes, spacecraft crash and burn; objects, spacecraft burn upon re-entry. Attempted coup, planet destroyed. Destruction of humankind discussed. Arguing, shouting, screaming. Stealing, heresy, genocide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (fresh and decayed), burned skull, skeleton images, decayed flesh, hundreds of skulls, scarred face. Bloody scratches and cuts, bloody wounds, bloody clothing. View of human anatomy, skeletal system, muscles and nervous system operating beneath flesh. Glowing red eyes. Blood extraction (needle pierces skin, blood seen, vomiting blood. Burning man. A wound is cauterised.


    Bum-grabbing. Kissing. Naked baby. Shirtless man. Cleavage.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Tranquilising agent mentioned.


    F-word, s-words, a-words, d*ck. Name-calling, teasing, bullying. Religious references and exclamations.


    Superman, superpowers, hope, destiny, science fiction, alien invasion, UFOs, the apocalypse, insurgency, heroism, weakness, X-ray vision, flying, photo-journalism, undercover identity, foster care, estrangement, natural disaster, morality, humanity, mass destruction, genocide, terraforming, genetic engineering.


    Parents/father killed, newborn sent away, dead father seen in flashback. Cemetery, other-world, outer space, church settings. Childbirth scene; foetal sacs. Flying creatures, alien animals, marine insects, dead fish, whales, flocks of birds (seagulls), polar bear, giraffe, elephants, dogs, butterfly. Fishing, trawling. Plane and helicopter crashes, tornado, lightning, thunder, power blackout, dust storm, spitting, vomiting. Urination, cancer, alien pathogen, ghosts mentioned. Sky-high, tropospheric and stratospheric cinematography; blurred and jerky camera movements, swooping aerials. Bright laser lights and light flashes.


    Good action, diverse cast, fairly believable performances overall, ambitious, has heart, spectacular CGI, beautifully shot, multidimensional.


    Mindless action, manipulative rhetoric, over-the-top finale, overuse of flashback, long running time. Cheesy dialogue. Some weakness in casting and performances. Feels like a visual eye-bashing.

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