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Aquaman (2018)

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Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

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James Wan

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David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay by), Will Beall (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Momoa ... Arthur
Amber Heard ... Mera
Willem Dafoe ... Vulko
Patrick Wilson ... King Orm
Nicole Kidman ... Atlanna
Dolph Lundgren ... King Nereus
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ... Manta
Temuera Morrison ... Tom Curry
Ludi Lin ... Captain Murk
Michael Beach ... Jesse (Manta's Father)
Randall Park ... Dr. Stephen Shin
Graham McTavish ... King Atlan
Leigh Whannell ... Cargo Pilot
Tainui Kirkwood ... Young Arthur (Three Years Old)
Tamor Kirkwood ... Young Arthur (Three Years Old)
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Storyline

Arthur Curry, half human half from Atlantis, goes on a trip of a lifetime. Not only does this adventure compel him to come to terms with his real identity, but it also forces him to discover whether he is entirely worthy of fulfilling his own destiny: becoming a king. Written by Domingo Alvarez

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Home is calling. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahab See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,573,522, 23 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$294,006,848, 17 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,037,906,848, 17 January 2019
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Runtime:

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the actors in this movie have starred as another character from DC/Marvel films. Patrick Wilson starred as Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II from Watchmen, Willem Dafoe played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever, Djimon Hounsou (King Ricou) as Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy, Temuera Morrison (Thomas Curry) as Abin Sur from Green Lantern, Randall Park (Dr. Shin) as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Dolph Lundgren as Konstantin Kovar from the Arrow TV series as well as The Punisher. In addition, Graham McTavish, who portrayed King Atlan, also voiced Loki in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. See more »

Goofs

When Aquaman raises submarine above water, it should sink immediately due to submarines' diving/ surfacing technologies. See more »

Quotes

Mera: [in a plane for the first time] I've never been this high before... or this far away from home.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Brothers logo is embedded in a sea bed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version is cut to remove bloody detail to secure a 12A rating. See more »

Connections

Featured in Projector: Aquaman (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Ocean To Ocean
Written by David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Pitbull (as Armando C. Perez), George Bechara, James Saaib, Bianca Oechsle and Gabriel Dunn
Performed by Pitbull feat. Rhea
Produced by George "GWizard" Bechara and James Saaib
Courtesy of Mr. 305 Records
Contains an interpolation of "Africa" written by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro
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I'm so annoyed with the people who reviewed this movie before I saw it!
21 December 2018 | by trevorcarpenter-28214See all my reviews

I checked all these reviews before seeing the movie. "Most Beautifully visualized!!! DC movie... so far". "Better stuff than what MCU offered us for 9 years!". I was SOOO excited! I love all superhero movies, MCU and DCEU. I have been hoping for a good DCEU movie for so long, and have gone to each one hopeful. Wonder Woman was a step in the right direction in my opinion. I saw the reviews for this movie and was so excited to see it. And was subsequently let down, partially because I didn't read into the feud between the two franchises's fans.

Look, this movie should not be reviewed as highly as it is. It has GREAT visual effects and Jason Momoa is actually pretty good. However the rest of the acting and writing is so so so so subpar. I've been reading reviews all morning, about character development, how it is way less cheesy than MCU movies, just the right combination of funny and serious. Every scene feels forced like a formula: have at least one funny joke, one cool visual effect, and one heroic speech about the importance of what we are doing. So repetitive, the entire movie. How is that revolutionary, or better than any other films the DCEU has produced? I blame my disappointment in this movie based on the DC only fans who are just forcing good reviews on this movie based on their hatred of Marvel. Because while I definitely love DC, and I like Marvel sometimes too, I pay $15 at the theatre for a GOOD MOVIE not a BRAND.

I hope my review brings down some of the hype. It is still a pretty good film and OF COURSE I love Aquaman and think that every fan should see the film. But I could have waited until it is cheaper on DVD to watch, because it simply isn't worth it. Please don't let the annoying reviews that praise this film as some above holy savior of the franchise sway you, because it is not that jewel of the DC universe they claim it to be. And if any of those reviewers read this, please, when reviewing movies, leave your anger at the MCU at home so I can not waste money on a film that is by no means, saving the DC franchise. The last thing I wanted was to associate this film with disappointment.

tldr: this film really needed a poorer review because the amount of praise it is receiving is unrealistic, and causing people to get their hopes too high about a mediocre film.


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