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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’: Webb seems to amaze with high flying special effects

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’


The Amazing flying spider is at it again and this time he has his hands full. This action adventure film will bring you on a flying adventure from rooftop to skyscraper into magnificent battle scenes that are topped off with out-of-this world special effects.

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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, and Felicity Jones

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is still trying to get answers about the death of his mother, Mary (Embeth Davidtz) and father, Richard (Campbell Scott). He thinks that there is a connection to his abilities and the work that his father did at Oscorp. A flashback that explains the depth of his father’s work that eventually leads to the death of his father and mother haunts Peter to this day.

Present day has Spiderman trying to stop local villains, led by Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti), from stealing plutonium from the Oscorp distribution plant. During the chase Spiderman/Peter gets a call from Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) who he is still dating. Gwen is at her graduation ceremony from Midtown Science High School, where she is valedictorian and getting ready to make her speech. She reminds Peter/Spiderman who is still in the mist of saving the city that he should be getting to the high school graduation ceremony.

Oscorp’s founder is dying and leaving his corporation to his son Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), which causes backlash from the company’s board of directors. Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), an employee of Oscorp and the underappreciated inventor of the city’s power grid gets involved in a cover-up that Harry is accused of. Things continue to go sour for the company and lead to city upheaval. Spiderman has to go into action when he discovers that he has two new villains to now face, Electro and the Green Goblin.

Director Marc Webb does a spectacular job with the storyline as well as the special effects to bring this amazing story to life. His usage of 3D especially in IMAX format is fantastic and brings the viewer into the stunts used for this film. Going from building to building and flying through the air made me feel as if I was on a rollercoaster. The action scenes stimulated my mind with the excellent usage of special effects that brought me through incredible battle scenes. One of the most remarkable effects starts with the films entry, when you sail from the inside of a wrist watch through the gears out of the time piece into the story. Finally, Webb does a wonderful job putting together a story which involves so many details and characters that he is still able to keep the story riveting throughout.

Final Grade: I give this an A- for its marvelous storyline and mind-blowing special effects.

Release Date: May 2nd, 2014

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, and Felicity Jones.

Director: Marc Webb

Writer: Alex Kurtzman (screen story and screenplay), Roberto Orci (screen story and screenplay), Jeff Pinkner (screen story and screenplay), James Vanderbilt (screen story), Stan Lee (Marvel comic book), and Steve Ditko (Marvel comic book).

Runtime: 142 minutes (2 hours and 22 minutes)

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Production Company: Marvel Enterprises, Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures Releasing.

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