This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Tarkin the piss.
Initially dismissed this as it was the latest in a seemingly endless series of straight to supermarket DVD John Cusack fare with a clunkily generic title. How wrong I was...
Imagine a Larry Cohen script in the hands of Brian De Palma with the best Cusack performance in years, Elijah Wood on top form and welcome support from Alex Winter and Tamsin Egerton (who should both be in way more movies).
Great little thriller and well worth 90 minutes of anyone's time.
With MAN OF STEEL Zack Snyder confirms that he's a stylistic magpie whose guiding principle appears to be 'what's the coolest looking thing to do?' at any given moment. He has a poor grasp of storytelling, no sense of drama & is tone deaf with regards to actors' performances. The Superman-as-first-contact story is a good idea, but poorly executed. Structurally similar to Batman Begins it lacks the narrative momentum that carried that movie along. Goyer's dialogue is exposition heavy, witless & tin-eared. A good cast is wasted and despite a great many whizzes & bangs very little of interest actually happens.