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DOCTOR STRANGE

Doctor Strange movie

 

 

RATED PG-13 (sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence)

RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes
DIRECTOR: Scott Derrickson

STARS:
Benedict Cumberbatch - Dr. Stephen Strange
Rachel McAdams - Christine Palmer
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Mordo
Tilda Swinton - The Ancient One
Benedict Wong - Wong
Mads Mikkelsen - Kaecilius
Benjamin Bratt - Jonathan Pangborn

SYNOPSIS:
World-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange's life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. - Walt Disney Pictures

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
Action, humor, spectacular special effects and a captivating story add up to one of the best origin films in years. Scott Derrickson ("Sinister") directs this visually hypnotic Marvel adventure with a look toward the unusual. He smoothly transitions from silly to serious and back to silly with ease - and it all feels natural. None of it would have worked so well without the equally hypnotic star Benedict Cumberbatch. He truly is Doctor Strange, making the audience believe in his every move. His character's arrogance is reminiscent of Tony Stark/Iron Man. He does get some help from the lively Cloak of Levitation and a stellar supporting cast. Rachel McAdams makes the rounds as a doctor and Strange's lover. Tilda Swinton is at her enigmatic best as The Ancient One, a master of the mystic arts. Chiwetel Ejiofor as the sorcerer Mordo and Benedict Wong as Wong are tasked with training the Doctor. Evil comes in the form of Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, who plans on bringing dark forces to Earth. The fun is in watching Strange learn to control his newly acquired powers and take on the villains. Bending reality on the big screen can be dizzying in any format, but especially in IMAX 3D. Be prepared to hold on to your seat. While no spoilers are revealed here, it will come as no surprise that Stan Lee has a cameo. There are also two scenes during the closing credits, so stay to the bitter end - well, maybe not so bitter. It doesn't take a Sherlock to see that "Doctor Strange" successfully sends the Marvel Universe spinning in a mystical new direction.