Iron Man 2 (2010) – Movie Review

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Iron Man 2 is the sequel to Iron Man. Iron Man 2 continues from the end of the first movie where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals to the world that he is Iron Man.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson in "Iron Man 2"
Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson in "Iron Man 2"

Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), son of Russian physicist Anton Vanko decides to take revenge against Tony Stark when his father passed away by reconstructing a miniaturized arc reactor using his father’s blueprints.

Six months forward, Tony Stark launches the “Stark Expo” and attends a senate hearing where Senator Stern urges Stark to hand over the Iron Man technology to the US Military in which Stark refuses.

Prolonged exposure to the palladium used in the arc reactor has increasingly poisoned the blood in Stark’s body, which he has kept from everyone’s knowledge. Stark hastily appoints Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as CEO of Stark Industries and "Natalie Rushman" (Scarlett Johansson) as his new personal assistant.

At a race in Monaco Grand Prix, Stark is assaulted by Vanko who appears with whip-like attachments with electrical energy. Stark manages to overcome Vanko after retrieving a portable "Iron Man" suit from Potts.

Justin Hammer sneaks Vanko out from prison to the US as he is impressed with what Vanko has done to aid his suit technology. Vanko modifies them into drones instead.

During his birthday party, Stark becomes intoxicated and uses the Iron Man suit dangerously forcing Rhodes to face him in the Mark II suit and they fight each other to a standstill. Rhodes then flies to the US military base where he is decreed to surrender the suit to Hammer.

Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Col. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) confronts Stark and introduces Natasha as Agent Natalie Romanova/Black Widow and reveals that Stark’s father, Howard was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D and in the midst of developing a new energy source. Using the remaining clues left by his father, Stark discovers the new power source for the Iron Man armour, which forms the Mark VI suit.

Stark flies to the Stark Expo after being contacted by Vanko as Hammer unveils the new drones and the War Machine (with Rhodes operating it). Vanko controls the operating system of the drones and Rhodes’ suit to attack Iron Man. Romanova penatrates Hammer’s facility to restore the War Machine armour to Rhodes’ control. Iron Man and Rhodes then manage to destroy the remaining drones.

Vanko battles Rhodes and Stark as Whiplash with a new Whiplash weaponry. Although he is defeated in the end, Whiplash manages to activate a self-destruction system on himself and on all drones. Stark rescues Potts from the blast and she immediately resigns as CEO of Stark Industries before they kiss.

Fury tells Stark that he is not suitable for the "Avengers Initiative" but S.H.I.E.L.D. wants Iron Man as a consultant. Stark agrees on the condition that he and Col. Rhodes get presented with medals for bravery.

Overall, Iron Man 2 is not as solid as the first movie. Although it introduces new casts and new enemies, Iron Man 2 remains to be more of a comedy than a superhero action flick with Robert Downey Jr. constantly making jokes and sometimes act like a drunken superhero (like Will Smith’s Hancock). The fight scenes were also cut short as Iron Man and War Machine easily overcome the drones and Vanko.

My ratings: 8 out of 10.

Note: Be sure to stay until the post-credits!

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    sooooo Iron Man 2 looks LEGIT! I love it. I want to go see it soooo bad!!! The preview look soooooooooooo cool!!!

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    I've been a huge fan of Robert Downey, Jr. ever since I watched Weird Science way back in '85. Even though it seems Sherlock Holmes was a bit of a downer, Iron Man 2 is a big success. I can't wait to check it out soon.

    Till then,

    Jean

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    Jean you need to give your a head a shake. You can't seriously be a fan of that tool. He has never made a decent movie. This is one movie that I will likely never ever watch. I'd rather not lose 2 hours of my life to such nonsense.

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    Sadly the sequel seldom lives up to the original, and yet again this seems to be no exception. It will be a visual orgy though, with lots of beautiful cgi seamlessly integrated into the movie. Definitely one for the boys!

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    Haha, you're not the first person to say that, Laptop. I dunno why I like Downey. I've always liked the oddballs. Maybe they remind me of my own idiosyncrasies. :)

    Till then,

    Jean

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    Haha, you're not the first person to say that, Laptop. I dunno why I like Downey. I've always liked the oddballs. Maybe they remind me of my own idiosyncrasies. :)

    Till then,

    Jean

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