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‘Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy’ – F Scott Fitzger­ald. Two sto­ries are told in par­al­lel in Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion di­rec­tor Allen Coul­ter’s classy fea­ture de­but – a cu­ri­ously in­volv­ing, semi-fic­tion­alised mur­der mys­tery play­ing on the so-called ‘curse of Su­per­man’ (which makes much of tragic events that have be­set peo­ple in­volved with adap­ta­tions of the DC Comics strip). One strand charts the down­fall of a tragic ‘hero’, the other fol­lows the sap who is in­creas­ingly in­fat­u­ated with him af­ter his too-early death – both are am­bi­tious men liv­ing in the fu­ture, but de­fined by their past.

Ben Af­fleck (on rare form) is real-life 1950s bit-part ac­tor Ge­orge Reeves, who be­lieves that he’s hit the big time when he lands the role of Su­per­man on TV. Adrien Brody, mean­while, is Louis Simo, the bargain-base­ment pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor hired by Reeves’s mother to look into the star’s un­ex­plained demise – but un­cov­er­ing un­com­fort­able truths that hit him hard. Ge­orge is eaten up and spat out by fame, but it’s life that does the same job on Louis.

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