Iron Man 2 Review

Iron Man 2 Film Review The anticipated sequel Iron Man 2 is a slick action flick based on the same formula as its predecessor. Tony Stark, after admitting he is Iron Man, has succesfully privatized world peace and refuses to share his technology with the U.S. Government. That much is clear from the trailer, but if you haven’t seen the first or second Iron Man, be warned there are spoilers. The key to Stark’s technology is the power source he developed with minimal resources and equipment in a cave in Afghanistan. The arc reactor in his chest keeps him alive, but its palladium core is slowly killing him. Until he can find another replacement he needs to keep an eye on the toxicity level in his body and drink a strange brew. The ingedrients in the film however are nothing new to the audience, with the main villain origins being traced back to disgruntled partners and (former) employees on a deadly quest for their fair shake. This familiar formula also means we have to wait until the end before Iron Man is really put to the test. Sure, Stark gets into a few skirmishes, first with Ivan Vanko played by Mickey Rourke, who is able to replicate Stark’s technology and show the world that Iron Man is not invincible. The brown stuff never hits the proverbial fan though, even Vanko escapes unscathed and is later sprung from jail. A boozed up Stark then brawls with Rhodes, who absconds with the Mark II suit. The rockets, grenades and lasers don’t start flying until the end, and even then he makes short work of the drones or “Hammeroids” sent to kill him.

Sam Rockwell plays Justin Hammer, the ambitious, slighty jealous and completely incompetent defense contractor who springs Vanko from jail and bankrolls the production of the drones for Hammer Industries. Don Cheadle takes over for Terrence Howard in the role of John Rhodes. Howard earned plenty of praise for his job in the role unfortunately it fell through because, according to him, the contract “up and vanished.” Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark. As in the first film, the role suits him very well and he plays the non-chalant billionaire supergenious with ease. Downey has long since solidified his comeback, with strong performances in better known films like Sherlock Holmes, Zodiac and in the perhaps less well-known film A Scanner Darkly (all highly recommended). Similarly, Mickey Rourke is making good on his own rebirth, following up on recent films like Sin City and The Wrestler with a strong performance as the main villain. Samuel L. Jackson has a small part but will likely play a bigger role in the final installment of the trilogy. The same goes for Scarlett Johansson the Black Widow, although she gets to strutt her stuff at the end of the film. All in all, it’s a star studded cast (even Paul Bettany does the voice for Starks suit and lab) and everyone is suited to their role, it’s a strong action flick and the super hero without a secret identity is a fresh change even if the storyline is similar to the previous.

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