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The Avengers (Movie-Review)

News4u-Entertainment Desk- courtesy toi-: Global catastrophe is round the corner. And the onus of saving citizens on Earth lies with Nick Fury. But how does he go about it? Time to chalk out a super plan. But then looks like it’ll take him something more super than just a plan….

Movie Review: What do you expect when six mighty super heroes - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk - ‘assemble’ together on the silver screen for one common purpose? Action unlimited. High voltage drama. Larger-than-life effects. Throw in some smart one liners (humorous, of course) and you maybe in for some push button video gaming fantasy.

Nick Fury ( Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency, goes out of his way to save Planet Earth from impending doom, courtesy Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Loki, of course, is on the look out for the Tesseract, the cube that has all the power to swallow the planet… and get its inhabitants to bow before the evil one. That’s when Fury thinks the best way to save Planet Earth is by handing charge to the evergreen power personalities. And that’s precisely when Whedon creates an assembled six-in-one pack - The Avengers - to wage war on screen. Yes, the story is rather simple. But then with testosterone swelling and bullets whizzing here, there, everywhere, we don’t mind missing out on a breath-taking script.

The Avengers is not just your typical good versus evil kind of super hero flick. Here, before all scores are settled, it’s the good-versus-good hungama that keeps you glued to your seat. Blame it on the big egos of the superstars. After all, they are all super in their own rights, have never worked as a team to ward off evil… and never taken instructions from other super guys. Naturally then, fireworks and action cuts are bound to follow.

Cut to the performances. Robert Downey Jr’s Stark not just delivers his lines with panache in his typical ‘playboy’ avatar, he keeps the action going-literally - on screen. Chris Evans’ Captain America as always makes it on time just when you are about to give up on all that mess. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) comes across as the perfect brother who is torn between the right and the wrong amidst lightening power and battles. Black Widow’s ( Scarlett Johansson) mind games leave you simply asking for more. Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) is once again seen doing what he does best — play around with his bow and arrows. Finally, it’s Mark Ruffalo, first spotted in the bylanes of Kolkata, who gives you ample opportunity to clap when he turns into what he calls ‘the other guys’ (Hulk). Special mention: Tom Hiddleston who surprisingly stands tall as the bad guy in a group of otherwise good samaritans.

So here’s what you’ve got to do: Just settle down with your 3D glasses for some bang-bang stuff where special effects speak louder than guns and the super guys have nothing to fall back on, other than their muscles, reflexes and of course, their super powers….

The Avengers

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Australia assures full safety to Indian students

News4u-News Desk-Melbourne, June 22- Assuring full safety to Indian students in Australia, the country’s immigration authority has asked the community members to help police in catching those involved in attacks on them, saying such crimes are “unacceptable”.

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans, who met representatives from Indian community to hear their concerns about the incidents of violence, assured them that the Australian government will ensure their full safety.

“Such attacks will not be tolerated and the Rudd government has joined community leaders in condemning these crimes,” Evans said. “Steps have already been taken to increase protection for the student community including increased police operations and public safety information sessions,” he added.

“Criminal behaviour is unacceptable in Australia. The Australian government is encouraging the Indian community, including international students, to remain calm and work with the Victoria and New South Wales Police to catch the people responsible for these crimes,” the minister said in a statement released here.

Evans assured Indian students that reporting of crime incidents to police will not affect their visa status and said Australians have been shocked and appalled by the reports of violence against international students.

“Australia is a tolerant, multicultural society that prides itself on its diversity and the Rudd government takes very seriously Australia’s reputation as a safe destination for international students seeking high quality education,” the statement said.

It further noted that the Australian Prime Minister had already established a Taskforce on Crimes Against International Students under the leadership of the National Security Adviser to coordinate action across all levels of government.

Last week, the federal government also announced a number of initiatives to protect international students.

Setting up of International Student Taskforce, student hotline to help students raise concerns anonymously, fast tracking review of the legal framework for them and updating the Guide to Studying and Living in Australia are parts of the initiatives.

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans

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