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"Ironman 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Tony Stark discloses to the world that he is the Iron Man and the senate presses him to deliver his technology for military purposes. Meanwhile, the vengeful Ivan Vanko astounds the world by attacking Iron Man in Monaco. His army friend 'Rhodey' Rhodes steals an armored suit from Tony and brings it to the military. With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts and James Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances - and confront new and powerful enemies.

Specifications

  • Paramount
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 24 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Directed by Jon Favreau
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

While I was dazzled by the sights and sounds, I found the plot engaging in a suspension-of-disbelief kind of way. Unlike the first film, though, I did not find the plot to be persuasive. The first film put a spin on the traditional comic book adversary; Stark had to physically fight with the power-hungry Obadiah Stane and terrorists, but his real enemies were war and injustice. This time around, it's much more by the numbers - a superhero pitted against a madman out for revenge, a fight to the finish that includes a lot of explosions, a potpourri of digital whiz-bang and highly choreographed stunts. There are a number of films that can give you pretty much the same thing. I also felt that there were too many sub-plots running around and not enough time to flesh them out. Ultimately, this movie is just a long set up for the next sequel and a prequel for the upcoming “Justice League” movie. (Did you notice Capt. America’s shield in this movie?)

Technical

Picture and sound are top notch, near demo quality. I felt that the CGI was not as exceptional as the first movie, but still, not bad. Flesh tones and contrast are spot on. Lots of rumble for the sub with plenty of action in the surrounds. Dialog was always clear and intelligible

Extras

"Making Of" and BD live extras and commentaries included.