Parents' Guide to

Superman: Brainiac Attacks

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Superhero cartoon has lots of heavy-hitting action.

Movie NR 2006 86 minutes
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SMASH! KAPOW! -- WOW! The action in Superman: Brainiac Attacks is thrilling. Some superhero movies descend into a confusing mess of explosions shot by whirling cameras. But here the animation is crisp and clear, making every thump and blown-up building a gripping spectacle. The action flows throughout -- first with the Man of Steel withstanding a bombardment to show his indestructibility. Then, through a fiendish plot by Lex Luthor and Brainiac, Superman is weakened by kryptonite and the stakes are raised. These stakes go off the chart when Lois Lane (voiced by Dana Delany) suffers kryptonite poisoning and is declared near to death by doctors.

As well as being a great action movie, Superman: Brainiac Attacks also has an emotional core that works every bit as well. The characters are enjoyable to be around and the movie doesn't play it safe with locations. When we whiz off with Superman to the psychedelic Phantom Zone to retrieve an antidote, the movie is confident to let us experience its weird and wonderful landscapes and be momentarily wrong-footed by the zone's mind-bending trickery. The animation is awesome and the cast bring these heroes to life with their spirited performances. Boothe is the standout, with his portrayal of Luthor among the best there's been -- all gnashing nastiness and slimy mischief. Non-theatrical superhero cartoons can be a mixed bag but this is one big, hard, hit.

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