Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Reviewed by Joel Mathis
Rating: 10 Beans
hen Superman was released it was one of the biggest films ever. Superman II brought us the only really cool super-powered combat ever depicted on a movie screen. And then things went downhill fast. Superman III forgot the incredible action sequences of it's predecessor and made an unfunny comedy. Fans of the earlier films feared for Superman IV wondering if it could get any worse. Not only did it get worse, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is one of the worst movies ever made.
In part four, Superman (Christopher Reeve who also co-wrote the film) finally decides to do what we all know that we would do should we have Superman's power: play god with humanity. Superman, perhaps fearing that as he begins his plan for global domination the world leaders may try to stop him, takes it upon himself to govern the affairs of the world's major political powers and get rid of all the nuclear weapons. Superman "conveniently" overlooks that at the time nuclear disarmament was beginning and doing just fine without him.
Lex Luthor (two time oscar-winner and three-time nominee Gene Hackman presumably wishing he got out of these movies while the getting was good) being the great humanitarian that he is, recognizes that this is the initial step in Superman's devious plan to rule the world relizes what he must do. With the assistance of his bumbling nephew Lenny (Jon Cryer) he skips that whole cloning sheep thing and goes right to cloning Kryptonians. With a strand of Superman's hair he creates the Nuclear Man who, like all clones, starts trashing a good portion of the world. Superman and the Nuclear Man proceed to fight it out in a variety of locations including a poorly done moon set.
Just like Batman and Robin ten years later, the forth film in the Superman series killed the franchise. The weak action sequences, poor special effects, uninteresting script, poor excuses for comedy, and an underlying theme of Superman overthrowing goverments ensured that no one would want to see another Superman film for a long time.
And remember, Superman knows what is right for the world. Obey Superman.
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