Monday, January 27, 2014

"JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time" MOVIE REVIEW


"Get ready for a battle of the ages when the Justice League faces off against its archenemies, the Legion of Doom, in an all-new movie from DC Comics. A mysterious being known as the Time Trapper arises, and a sinister plan led by Lex Luthor sends the Legion of Doom back in time to eliminate Superman before he becomes a hero and inspires others to do the same. For [members of the Justice League], along with teen super heroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the stakes have never been higher, the rescue mission never deadlier. So join the fight for the future as the Justice League confronts its ultimate challenge… the threat of having never existed!"

The Review

To be quiet honest, I thought this was going to suck horribly. You look at the cover art, read the title (I'll get to that later) and just skim through the synopsis, there's no way this movie is going to see the day it will have a much more wider release. After seeing the movie, the final product is quite surprising. 

The film opens up with a big battle between the Justice League vs. the Legion of Doom, it's very entertaining, action-packed and surprisingly engaging. The only things that could probably pull you off the experience is the terrible character designs and the terrible animation. You also have the very campy portrayal to the characters; design and dialogues wise. Jump into the introduction to the two REAL main characters of this movie: Karate Kid and Dawnstar. Karate Kid is your generic hot-head teenage metahuman with the powers of you-guessed-it and Dawnstar is your generic naive soon to be super heroine with pretty inconsistent powers that we can consider as quick-fix for certain plot points (you'll know what I mean when you see the movie). So these two are Legion of Superheroes-rejects for reasons so obvious and their crave for an unforgettable adventure came to be because you-guessed-it. The villains, damn those villains aren't they just as campy as the heroes? 

To be quite honest, the movie does have an interesting plot and a well written script. but for its short time frame limited the movie's potential for character development and escalation. It's either campy in a very good way or campy in a very bad way. which was unnecessary since they're trying to tone this down for younger audience. Also, some characters are terribly side-lined to the point that they're useless. For that matter, the entire Justice League is side-lined, Karate Kid and Dawnstar are the real stars of this flick, and that is not a good sign. Which makes the title very misleading, it's a JLA movie with the JLA barely in it, plus it's called Trapped In Time but NO ONE is really trapped in time, which makes it even more confusing.  

The Final Verdict

I don't really have that much to say for this film. It clearly has a target audience, the young ones and the young at hearts. The best way to describe this is that this is a Super Friends episode made for today. If you're not in for that kind of stuff, then this flick is not for you. Maybe if they take this more seriously, maybe you'll like it or have more interest of seeing it. 

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