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'Guardians of the Galaxy' heralds Marvel's next wave of success

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Distraught by the death of his mother, a young Peter Quill flees from her death bed and is immediately abducted by a spaceship, hovering above the meadow next to his mother's hospital. Twenty-six years later, Peter has become a wanted man, making his life as an outlaw, as Star-Lord. When Peter is hired to retrieve a mysterious orb, some of the galaxy's most dangerous beings emerge to pursue him and the orb. Once his pursuers finally catchup with him, Peter and his pursuers realize that they have a common enemy, one whose goals include the destruction of countless lives and worlds.

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Adding to Marvel's ever growing universe of theatrical heroes and villains, James Gunn introduces audiences to the "Guardians of the Galaxy." Whether or not you're familiar with the comic and characters upon which the film is based, Gunn does a fantastic job of developing each character, just enough to invoke empathy and disdain for the heroic and the villainous. While the film's focus tends to linger on Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the plot continually shifts to expand on characters fated to become part of Star-Lord's world. Filling out Pratt's circle of intergalactic roguish colleagues, Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (voice of Groot), and Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket) have come together to become the 'Guardians.' Aside from the starring cast, the supporting cast is peppered with a plethora of Hollywood veterans and all-stars, including Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, and Karen Gillan (Nebula).

Despite having a cast filled with exceptional leading actors, Chris Pratt is a surprisingly effective leading man. From beginning to end, Pratt's comedic edge is both captivating and hysterical. Not only has Pratt's recent weight loss made it possible for Pratt to walk the walk, but coupled with his goofball attitude, he talks the talk. Whether using an alien rodent as a mic or singing in the face of eminent death, Pratt's career appears to have shifted into high gear. Undoubtedly inspired by Pratt's performance in 'Guardians,' Colin Trevorrow (director) tweeted an image of Pratt, as he will appear in next year's Jurassic World, set for release in June of 2015. Enjoying Hollywood's growing adoration for its latest leading man, Pratt gave the Hollywood Reporter a brief summary of his leading role in "Jurassic World."

”People from around the world, 20,000 visitors a day, come to see the dinosaurs and see the several attractions," he said. "It's been around long enough to where attendance starts to fall off a little bit. So they've decided to come up with a new attraction to bring even more people in. You're never gonna believe it, but it doesn't go well."

'Guardians' overflows with characters, visual effects, and breathtaking backdrops. The amount of work and man hours that went into producing this other worldly adventure is difficult to imagine, but the number of visual effects companies involved is extensive. Including CG and practical effects, 4DMax, Industrial Light & Magic, Luma Pictures, Method Studios, MPC, and Sony Pictures Imageworks played major roles in turning Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" into a feature film reality. Thanks to its cast and the magic of post production, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is an action packed adventure, which is likely to leave you with a smile on your face and a few classic songs stuck in your head.

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