Man of Steel – Movie Review

Dear Marvel Comic Fans,

I have a great movie review for you. I hope you like the new Superman movie as much as I did. This is a very high-tech, futuristic remake of the beginning of Superman.

The movie begins as Lara is having a baby on Krypton, the futuristic, mountainous planet. JOR-El, her husband believes Krypton’s core is collapsing.

JOR-EL talks to the Krypton Council

JOR-EL talks to the Krypton Council

Later, JOR-EL talks to the council. “I told you harvesting the core was suicide. The process of implosion has accelerated. Give me control of the Codex!”

General Zod, the military leader, disrupts the council meeting. Using weapons, he takes JOR-EL prisoner. He begins a great battle on Krypton. JOR-EL overpowers the guard and gets free. He tells Lara, “Ready the Launch!”

JOR-EL yells, “H’Raka!” The four winged, giant bug flies to his rescue. He jumps on H’Raka’s back and they fly away. JOR-EL wants to get to the Codex—it’s just beneath the central hub. As they arrive, Kelex, the communication machine warns, “Breaching the genesis chamber is a Class-B-crime.”

JOR-EL reaches the Codex. A soldier orders, “JOR-EL, by the authority of General Zod. Surrender the Codex.”  He is rescued by H’Raka—who is shot during the escape.

Upon arriving at the Citadel, he puts the Codex, a small, black skull like jewel, into the ship bound for Earth.

Kelex warns, “Five fighting ships approach.” JOR-EL uploads the Codex. The powers are transferred to the baby and the ship. As General Zod and his band of renegades attack, Lara arms the phantom drive in the escape ship that their son is in.

General Zod and Sub-commander Faora-Ul land in the Citadel

General Zod and Sub-commander Faora-Ul land in the Citadel

General Zod and Sub-commander Faora-Ul land in the Citadel. JUR-EL says, “We’ve had a boy child. Krypton’s first natural birth in centuries. He will be free!”

Zod says angrily, “Heresy!” Zod and JUR-EL fight. “Lara! The Codex is Krypton’s future. Abort the launch!” Zod yells as they fight.

As Lara launches the ship, Zod kills JUR-EL for his defiance. She says as the ship rises in the sky, “The boys name is KAL-EL.”

Zod orders, “Bring that ship down.”  As they try, Zod and his followers are captured.

LOR-EM orders, “General Zod. For the crimes of murder and high treason, the Council has sentenced you and your fellow insurgents to three hundred cycles of somatic reconditioning.”

Zod swears his vengeance, “I will find your son, Lara. I will find him! And get back the Codex.”  They are exiled in space. Soon after, Krypton explodes from the inside.

The movie switches to Earth, The Debbie Sue, a crabbing boat, is at sea. They are approaching an oil rig. The 6510 Coast Guard reports, “The rig is about to explode.”

Captain Heraldson, of the Debbie Sue replies, “What about the men inside?”

“Forget them. They’re dead,” the Coast Guard replies.  Before the rig collapses, a strange man, with super-human strength, saves the men. The stranger falls into the water. As he drifts in and out of consciousness, under the water, he remembers his past.

Clark Kent at the oil rig

Clark Kent at the oil rig

The movie switches to a young Clark Kent. We see several flashbacks where he remembers discovering his powers and using them to save people. He also recalls being lectured by his father for using these powers. Jonathon, his earth father says, “You’re the answer to are we alone in the universe. You were sent here for a reason.”

Clark, the adult man, is a drifter. After destroying a semi-tractor trailer at a restaurant where he worked, he travels to the Arctic. Lois Lane, a reporter for the Daily Planet, is there for a story.

Sekowsky reports, “NASA’s EDS satellites pinged an anomaly. They have found something big, deep in the ice. Ice that is 20,000 years old. It gets 40 below here.”

Using his heat vision, Clark tunnels his way to the alien craft. Lois sees him and follows. They discover aliens are living inside the ship. As the space ship takes off, Clark helps Lois escape—while he remains on board. While onboard, Clark is unaware that a signal from the ship reaches General Zod.

Lois and Perry at the Daily Planet

Lois and Perry at the Daily Planet

Later, Lois is at the Daily Planet. She writes the article stating that what she saw wasn’t from earth. Perry, her editor, refuses to print the story. Out of desperation, she leaks the story to Woodburn—who puts it on the internet.

Clark is still on the ship. He meets, JOR-EL, his father’s consciousness. “Your name is KAL-EL. You came from Krypton,” his father informs him. He explains the history of Krypton. How the people expanded into the universe. General Zod, their military leader, attempted a coup. The genesis chamber was used to create children on Krypton. You are Krypton’s first natural birth in centuries. The “S” is the symbol of the house of El—It means hope.”

Clark in his Superman Suit

Clark in his Superman Suit

KAL-El puts on the flying suit. As he remains on Earth, and absorbs the radiation from the sun, he grows stronger. He quickly learns to fly.

Lois Lane becomes an investigating reporter and learns his story. They meet at Jonathon’s grave, his earth father. He remembers his father dying in a tornado.

At NORAD/US NORTH COM, Command Center, Hamilton reports to General Swanwick, “A ship has inserted itself into a lunar synchronous orbit.”

General Zod is commanding the ship. Zod speaks over every communication device on Earth, “To KAL-EL. Surrender within 24 hours or watch this world suffer the consequences.”

The FBI quickly apprehends Lois Lane. The media asks, “Who is KAL-EL?”

After hearing the message, Clark remembers his father saying, “When you are ready, you will change the world.” Later, he surrenders.

Clark and his Earth father talking

Clark and his Earth father talking

Clark is turned over to Zod. Sub-commander Faora-Ul takes KAL-EL and Lois Lane aboard Zod’s ship. Clark gives Lois his Krypton key. Zod plans to kill all humans and start a new Krypton civilization on Earth. He wants the Codex. The genetic template for every being yet to be born is encoded in the registry of citizens. KAL-EL’s father stole the registry’s Codex.

Lois puts the key into a machine. Clark’s father appears, his consciousness. They devise a plan to put Zod and his army back into the Phantom Zone. “Remember, the phantom drives are essential in stopping them,” JOR-EL says to Lois.  He says to his son, “You can save Lois. You can save all of them. KAL-EL.”

The Super Battle on Earth begins.

General Zod Battles Superman

General Zod Battles Superman

Zod’s officer reports, “The Codex is embedded  in KAL-EL’s body. All of Krypton is embedded in his cells. KAL-EL doesn’t need to be alive to extract the Codex.”

“Release the World engines,” Zod orders. As the World engines land on earth, Zod orders, “Bring the phantom drives on line.”

“They are turning Earth into Krypton,” General Swanwick says. Lois brings KAL-El’s space ship to Swanwick. Clark says, “My ship is powered by a phantom drive. It bends space. Zod’s ship uses the same technology. If we can make the two collide with each other. A singularity can be created. A black hole. Zod and his soldiers should be sucked in.”

The 17,000 pound ship/bomb is loaded onboard a C-17 bomber. Before long, the C-17 Guardian, is loaded and on route to Metropolis. While Zod secures the genesis chamber.

A World engine is destroying Metropolis. Superman, as the media has named him, destroys that World engine. Soon, Superman also destroys the main ship.

On a suicide mission, the C-17 is flown into another World engine. Zod and his crew are sucked into the explosion. They are instantly gone. Metropolis is in ruins.

As Superman and Lois Lane kiss, somehow Zod appears. He and KAL-El continue to battle in the large downtown city—in a Super Battle! Soon, out of desperation, KAL-EL breaks Zod’s neck—thus killing him.

Daily Planet

Daily Planet

Later Clark Kent begins working at the Daily Planet as a reporter. The movie ends.

This is a tremendous movie. It is truly wonderful. The special effects are futuristic and out of this world. Even though it’s technically a remake, the story is so different that it’s a completely new movie. This is one of the most enjoyable and exciting movies I’ve seen in a while.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Man of Steel. Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

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