Monday, May 3, 2010

Everthing Under the Sun: 'Iron Man 2', A Family Action Movie

'Iron Man 2', A Family Action Movie

     Last Sunday, my husband and I queued for 20 minutes just to watch 'Iron Man 2'. Never mind; it was worth it. Inside the theater, it was wonderful to see families, lots of kids, moving around and shouting, "Iron Man!!" I love action movies and there are only a few action movies which are rated GP (General Patronage). Such is 'Iron Man', the movie because the story came from Marvel comics, makers of comics super-heroes.
     To give you a short summary of this sequel, the film began with the dying Russian physicist, Anton Vanko, who first collaborated with Stark's father, Howard, in creating the first arc reactor--the one which keeps billionaire Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) heart ticking. Watching his father die, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), took his father's things together with the blueprint of the arc reactor. Then the second scene was the opening of Stark Expo, envisioned by Howard Stark, showcasing all the latest inventions that will benefit the world, where Toni Stark dressed as Iron Man made exhibitions of his armor suit. The world knows that he is Iron Man by this time which was revealed at the end of the first movie. Although he managed to bring peace throughout the world through his armor suit, U.S. Senator Stern (Gary Shandling) demanded he turn over his armor to the military , to the delight of his competitor Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) who tried to recreate the technology but failed. Of course, Stark refused. Racing in Monaco, he was attacked by Ivan Vanko who constructed a miniaturized arc reactor of his own and lashed at him with whip-like attachments, but he was able to subdue him and get the reactor, thus Vanko was imprisoned. Discovering that the palladium in his arc reactor has begun to poison his body, Stark makes his girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) CEO of his company who provided him with an assistant, Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson), an undercover agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. After a drinking binge which led to a bout with his friend, Lt. Col. James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) who wore one of his armor suits, Stark was found by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D. who gave him a chest that belonged to his father, Howard, to find clues to the cure for his palladium poisoning. This led him to the 1974 diorama of Stark Expo which is a disguised diagram for a new atomic element. Stark synthesized this element which gave him a new triangular chest arc that cured his poisoning. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko was broken out of prison by Justin Hammer who made him work for him to create Iron Drones which Hammer exhibits in the Stark Expo to avenge his reputation. However, Vanko was in complete control over the drones through a remote computer and as Stark and his friend, Rhodes, were in their suits, the drones were controlled to battle with them, wreaking havoc in the Expo site. While Natalie looked Vanko's control room, Vanko suited himself with his own armor and fought with Iron Man and his friend. Of course, in the end, Vanko dies and Stark and Rhodes were given the medal for bravery by Sen. Stern. But in the post-credits, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent goes to  a New Mexico crater and informing Fury, "They've found it", the crater is shown to contain the hammer of Thor which signals a sequel--Iron Man 3.  
     The movie is action-packed, with lots of flying by Iron Man which the kids loved. It is a great entertainment for the whole family. You can get the DVD of 'Iron Man', the first movie, at Amazon.com.  Here's the link:

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