Superman Iv: The Quest For Peace

1987, Movie, PG, 89 mins

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The first few films in this series are both amusing and produced with high technical values, but this fourth in the string is a poorly scripted, anemic production. Superman (Christopher Reeve) receives a request to end nuclear proliferation, and the Man of Steel goes into action. He rounds up every nuclear missile in the world and then hurls the collection into the sun for a resounding explosion. But his Clark Kent persona has other problems as The Daily Planet has been bought by unscrupulous David Warfield (Sam Wanamaker) who is only interested in turning the newspaper into a sleazy tabloid. Lacy (Mariel Hemingway), Warfield's sexy daughter, however, has eyes for Kent and gets Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) to fix her up with him. His problems increase when his old nemesis, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), reappears with a worthy opponent for Superman, Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow), a solar-energized invention. The plot is for the simpleminded, a lot of it written by Reeve himself. Reeve is his usual stoic self here and does what is expected. Director Sidney Furie shows little restraint and no sense of the wry humor prevalent in the earlier films of the series, using a heavy and expeditious hand that produces scenes of pure lead. The special effects are decidedly on the cheap side. leave a comment

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