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FILM REVIEW: Guardians Of The Galaxy (12A)

| August 3, 2014
Released : 31st July 2014
Rated : 12A
Running Time: 121mins
BBFCinsight: Moderate fantasy action violence, threat, moderate bad language
Director: James Gunn
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), Josh Brolin (voice), Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou

Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest superhero film from Marvel Studios based on the superhero team of the same name featured in Marvel Comics.

The film starts in 1988 with a young Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) sitting is a hospital corridor listening to a cassette player outside the room of his terminally ill mother. Shortly before her passing Peter’s mother gives him a present to be opened after her death. However after her passing Peter is abducted by an alien spacecraft under the control of a group of space pirates known as The Ravagers.

Many years later Peter, as a grown man, steals an orb which leads to him meeting Gamora (Zoe Salanda), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and a genetically engineered raccoon named Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) who are the main characters tasked as being Guardians Of The Galaxy. They battle to get the orb to a place of safety and prevent it falling into the wrong hands because what it contains could spell the end of the entire galaxy.

As with many titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe there is crossover with other characters from Marvel Studios films. Guardians Of The Galaxy is no exception and includes the character of The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) last seen in ‘Thor : The Dark World’ (2013).

 After the credits finish rolling there is a short clip relevant to the film.

I thought the film was very enjoyable and definitely worth seeing. With a 12A rating young children can be taken to see it however I feel this film will be appreciated more by adults than young children. All in all it’s 121 minutes of high quality Marvel superhero action.

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