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What to know: Moral of the story: When we fight together, we can do anything.
Recommended age 8-12
78 minutes
Video and DVD
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I expected this movie to be about heroes hating each other and becoming a team in a heartwarming story! Right? Wrong! "Justice League War" is a great and action pack animated film many people will adore.

This adventure has much to love! It has action, adventure, comedy, romance (well with Wonder Woman...), suspense, and so much more including, of course, the heroes!

Now, everything is fine on Earth. Heroes are chilling, doing their thing. But, it's all interrupted when each of them is stopped and has to find the others to destroy a horrible alien race that will harvest humans to destroy the planet! Will the group of super heroes be enough force to stop the 'the Dark Side'? You have to watch the film to find out the ending!

The movie is surprising in a couple of ways. For one, I did not expect the adult language! And second, that there would be a couple of other heroes that the Justice League has. Like Aqua Man who is replaced by Shazam. The film is extremely intense for a DC Comic animation. I think that this film has wonderful voices though. The only small flaw is the voice of Wonder woman - for such a wonderful character, her voice sounded a bit fake. The script and animation are also done nicely.

My favorite scene is when they introduce this kid that gets into a football game for free, gets front row seats and also steals one of the players jerseys. It takes you time to realize it but, that scene shows two people that look ordinary, but are not.

I recommend this film to ages 12-18. The movie does have a lot of adult language and intense scenes. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Justice League: War has good animation and action scenes that comic-book fans can devour but for me, it's mediocre. The story is about the origin of the most powerful team in the D.C universe, The Justice League. Aliens place unknown technology around the Earth and heroes such as Batman (Jason O'Mara), Cyborg (Shemar Moore) have to save the Earth from the invasion of Darkseid (Steven Blum).

This film provides great animation through its characters and sets. The animators give these super-heroes, that we've seen time and time again, enough of their own voice to make their personas different. The action scenes are fun to watch. We see all of these individual powers fight together to create impressive fight sequences. When you watch Green Lantern (Justin Kirk) use his ring to manifest weapons and Batman using his gadgets, it gets your blood pumping. The characters' dialog can be corny but that's what the general audience is looking for - comic-book lines and humor. One aspect of the film that bothered me is the unnecessary fowl language. Yes, this film is PG-13 and you would expect some language, however I wouldn't mind it so much if it wasn't in every scene. It's just not needed.

My favorite character is Cyborg (Shemar Moore). Victor Stone's an all-star football player who is injured in an explosion. To save his life, his father makes him half-human, half-computer. thus creating Cyborg. All Victor wants is his father's acceptance but once he's turned into this machine he feels he has no place in this world. However, when he fights he kicks alien butt.

My favorite scene is the big ending battle with Darkseid. I can't help myself, when I see a superhero movie I'm a sucker for the big battle. This one is no exception with the most monumental visuals being all the heroes giving everything they have to defeat this unstoppable force.

The moral of the story is, "When we fight together, we can do anything." These heroes are used to fighting crime by themselves, so at first there's no teamwork. Solo failure forces them to quit bickering and work together.

I give this film 3-5 stars and recommend it to 13 to18 year olds, because this is not a kid's movie. It has fowl language, brief graphic blood and violence. It's well worth checking out on DVD now.

Keefer Blakeslee, KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic

The superheroes are united again in the new movie "Justice League: War." This movie is straight to DVD and offers a unique plot with the combination of Superman, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern and Flash. Out of all the superheroes, one new icon is introduced. Flying through the darkness to save people, Batman is the new hero in Gotham City. The plot begins with Batman saving a woman from the villain Parademon. Soon the Green Lantern and Superman join Batman in fighting crime. After collaborating, all three visit headquarters at S.T.A.R Labs. Unfortunately, the place is attacked by multiple clones of Parademon. Wonder Woman and Cyborg come to rescue the workers in the lab and discover Parademon's evil secret. With S.T.A.R lab destroyed, Parademon can now terraform the earth. The heroes have a huge mess to clean up ,and they must now work together to conquer the evils of Parademon.

The writers of the movie make the plot thrilling and action packed. The plot is unexpected and will shock audiences. Along with the writers, the artists and the animators have brought each hero to life. Each of the characters are so detailed that the heroes seem to be living humans. For a moment audiences will believe the heroes are presently in our world saving people. The superpowers of each of the heroes are effortlessly animated. The DVD also features a behind-the-scenes look at the animation. Everyone will enjoy the amount of detail in this animated movie and will even think it is a real filmed movie. Since the movie is animated, the voices are very important to portray the characters. The voices of each hero are perfectly matched. Superman's voice is strong and very determined, while Wonder Woman's voice is soft but very strict. Overall the voiceover work of the movie is as superb as the plot.

Although this is a superhero movie, one important lesson can be taken in: "There is no I in Team," because each of the heroes is constantly trying to lead rather than working together. The movie is action packed but the age limit for this movie is about 7 and above due to the dark and violent plot. The rating of this movie is 5 out of 5 because of the exhilarating plot and meticulous animation.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Patrick Nguyen, Age 15

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When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes - misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities - discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, "Justice League: Origin," by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment's "The New 52."
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