Director: Scott Derrickson.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor. USA 2016. 115 mins.
What if the reality we know is just one of many? Scott Derrickson and Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill get mystical as they bring one of Marvel Comics’ most idiosyncratic creations to the big screen.
Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) is a gifted neurosurgeon who, after a car accident ends his career, embarks on a spiritual journey that leads him to the Ancient One (Swinton) and a secret world of magic and alternate dimensions. Here he discovers gifts of a very different kind – magical abilities and artefacts – and an array of sorcerous beings, including Baron Modor (Ejiofor) and Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt). They aren’t all a benevolent bunch, however, and Strange must harness his powers to defend the world from inter-dimensional threats. Cumberbatch adds another string to his bow in this refreshing superhero offering.
Contains moderate fantasy violence and injury detail.