Asa Butterfield plays an orphan Hugo who lives behind the walls of a Paris train station in Hugo. Martin Scorsese's lavish 3D adventure "Hugo" won 11 Oscar nominations Tuesday and is cleaning up so far in the Academy Awards Image Credit: AP

Who’s in it? Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law

The plot Martin Scorsese’s first 3D movie is based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, and follows the adventures of the 12-year-old, clock-obsessed orphan Hugo (Butterfield), who lives behind the walls of a busy Paris train station in the early 1930s.

Just before his father dies he takes Hugo to the museum where he works and shows him an incredible clockwork man – an automaton – up in the attic, broken after years of neglect, who sits at a desk waiting to be wound up so that he can write things on the paper before him.

After his father’s death, Hugo goes to work for his uncle, Claude (Ray Winstone), a timekeeper at the train station, but when he too dies, it’s left up to Hugo to keep the station’s clocks running on time and to try his hand at reanimating the automaton – believing that what the wind-up toy will write down when he is working again, will be the
answer to all of his questions about life.

Rating 5 out of 5