Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

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Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

     
 

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As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) owns up to being Iron Man before the world press, Anton Vanko lies dying in Russia. Years ago, Anton worked with Tony's father to create a new source of energy. But greed got the best of Anton, and now as he slips away, his son, Ivan (Mickey Rourke), vows to make Tony

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As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) owns up to being Iron Man before the world press, Anton Vanko lies dying in Russia. Years ago, Anton worked with Tony's father to create a new source of energy. But greed got the best of Anton, and now as he slips away, his son, Ivan (Mickey Rourke), vows to make Tony pay for the sins of his father. Meanwhile, Tony fends off efforts from smarmy Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) and military weapons expert Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to get him to divulge the secrets of his powerful Iron Man suit. The powers that be are concerned that Tony's technology may fall into the wrong hands -- fears that are soon confirmed when the cocky billionaire entrepreneur is confronted in front of the entire world by Ivan, who has built his own weapon using stolen Stark blueprints. Later, as Lt. Rhodes (Don Cheadle) wrestles with the decision to personally deliver Tony's suit to the military, Ivan finds an unlikely ally in the quest to destroy Iron Man; Stark Industries legal consultant Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) reveals her connection to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson); and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) takes on some new responsibilities.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux raise the stakes in all the right ways in Iron Man 2, an exhilarating and funny superhero sequel that keeps multiple plates spinning with commendable dexterity, and places a little gourmet treat on each and every one. Familiar characters grow in ways that are logical, natural, and satisfying; a pair of new villains shine thanks to the charisma of two powerhouse performers; and the action is more kinetic thanks in part to the contributions of Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky, whose frenetic sensibilities help to make the film feel bigger and more thrilling while simultaneously putting emphasis on Tony Stark's increasing mastery of the heavy metal suit. Of course, there's always the risk that fans of the original will decry the decision to take Iron Man 2 in a more traditional superhero direction after the first film took on such contemporary issues as terrorism and corporate corruption within the context of a comic-book universe; however, anyone who savors the concept of the arch nemesis -- which has been the bread-and-butter of comics since the early days of Superman and Batman -- will no doubt find plenty to cheer about as Tony takes on friend and foes while racing against time to reverse the negative effects that the suit has on his body. As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) owns up to being Iron Man before the world press, Anton Vanko lies dying in Russia. Years ago, Anton worked with Tony's father to create a new source of energy. But greed got the best of Anton, and now as he slips away, his son, Ivan (Mickey Rourke), vows to make Tony pay for the sins of his father. Meanwhile, Tony fends off efforts from smarmy Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) and military weapons expert Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to get him to divulge the secrets of his powerful Iron Man suit. The powers that be are concerned that Tony's technology may fall into the wrong hands -- fears that are soon confirmed when the cocky billionaire entrepreneur is confronted in front of the entire world by Ivan, who has built his own weapon using stolen Stark blueprints. Later, as Lt. Rhodes (Don Cheadle) wrestles with the decision to personally deliver Tony's suit to the military, Ivan finds an unlikely ally in the quest to destroy Iron Man; Stark Industries legal consultant Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) reveals her connection to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson); and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) takes on some new responsibilities. Whereas Iron Man kept things relatively simple by focusing on Tony's origins and his struggle against corporate weasel Obadiah Stane, this sequel carefully opens up a whole new world of possibilities that are alternately tantalizing and foreboding. Screenwriter Theroux seems acutely attuned to what movie fans want from an Iron Man film, and as a result he's penned a script that's both smart and tight while never sacrificing character for action. Unlike many comic-book blockbusters that impatiently rush into the first action sequence for fear that audiences will nod off due to lack of stimulation, Theroux takes the time to capitalize on the revelation that came at the end of part one by showing us exactly where Tony is in the public eye, and precisely how he's responding to the unexpected pressures that have cropped up as a result of his disclosure. And Theroux does it in a way that couldn't be more satisfying; after giving us a taste of the public's reaction to Iron Man in a dynamic opening, he shifts the action to the Senate hearing regarding Tony's technology in a scene that's not only hilarious, but a brilliant introduction to one of the key villains, and a chance to get reacquainted with a new actor in a familiar role. Later, as the multiple storylines begin to unfold, Theroux manages to keep the momentum moving forward while maintaining a masterful balance of playful banter, blistering action, and plot-advancing revelations. By witnessing Tony's struggle with the physical side effects of his innovative energy source and the startling new discovery he makes by reconnecting with the past, we sympathize with a character whose ego always comes first. Also, by exploring the shifting dynamics within Stark Industries, we get to see firsthand how Tony and Pepper's relationship is evolving. And while the introduction of multiple villains has been the kiss of death for more than one superhero film franchise, Theroux forms a connection between the two antagonists that's entirely feasible. But Theroux isn't the only one firing on all cylinders; director Favreau once again proves his prowess behind the camera by delivering big action sequences that display a genuine understanding of both comic-book and Hollywood aesthetics. His style is by turns boldly traditional and hyper-modern, and by recruiting Tartakovsky as a storyboard artist, Favreau reveals himself to be a director who understands that film is an inherently collaborative medium that benefits from all kinds of input. Likewise, he possesses a keen eye for rhythm and character detail that takes full advantage of the incredibly talented cast. Downey Jr., Rockwell, Rourke, Jackson, and Cheadle all light up the screen each time they appear, ensuring that even the non-action scenes in Iron Man 2 are immensely entertaining -- it's nearly as fun to watch Tony match wits with Justin Hammer and talk shop with Ivan as it is to watch Iron Man and War Machine duke it out in a party-pooping battle-suit brawl. Even Johansson -- an actress known more for her dramatic skills than her physical abilities -- gets a chance to get in on the action. A climactic fight in which her character takes on an entire hallway full of bad guys -- at one point pole-dancing an adversary into submission -- offers proof that the dramatic heavyweight is perfectly capable of getting physical when the situation calls for it. Iron Man was a rare beast in the world of summer blockbusters -- a film that critics adored, and fans flocked to in droves. Attempting to repeat such a success is a task many filmmakers wouldn't wish on their worst enemy. Thankfully, in both films, Favreau had the good sense to surround himself with gifted artists whose passion matched their abilities. Despite being more traditional in structure and theme than the original, Iron Man 2 offers just about everything anyone could ask for in a superhero spectacular, and then some. It may not be as innovative as its predecessor, but it does manage to make up for that minor shortcoming by surpassing the original in every other respect.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2013
UPC:
0786936837360
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
12,080

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Tony Stark
Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes
Scarlett Johansson Natalie Rushman/Black Widow
Sam Rockwell Justin Hammer
Mickey Rourke Ivan Vanko/Whiplash
Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury
Clark Gregg Agent Coulson
John Slattery Howard Stark
Garry Shandling Senator Stern
Paul Bettany Jarvis
Kate Mara U.S. Marshal
Leslie Bibb Christine Everhart
Jon Favreau Happy Hogan
Christiane Amanpour Herself
Philippe Bergeron Detective Lemieux
James Bethea Security Force #1
Michael Bruno Security Force #2
Katie Clark Expo Fan
Luminita Docan Russian Newscaster
Francois Duhamel French Photographer
Larry Ellison Himself
DJ A.M. Himself
Tim Guinee Major Allen
Eric L. Haney General Meade
Ali Khan 10 Rings Gangster
Eugene Lazarev Anton Vanko
Stan Lee Himself
Isaiah Guyman Martin AV Operator
Helena Mattsson Rebecca
Keith Middlebrook Expo Cop
Anya Monzikova Rebeka
Margy Moore Bambi Arbogast
Olivia Munn Chess Roberts
Elon Musk Himself
Bill O'Reilly Himself
Alejandro Patino Strawberry Vendor
Davin Ransom Young Tony Stark
Karim Saleh Guard
Brian Schaeffer Hammer Expo Tech
Phillipe Simon French Waiter
Jack White Jack

Technical Credits
Jon Favreau Director,Executive Producer
Victoria Alonso Co-producer
Ernie Avila Set Decoration/Design
Kimberly Ayers Makeup
Andrew Birdzell Set Decoration/Design
Kate Biscoe Makeup
Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
Sharon Davis Set Decoration/Design
John Debney Score Composer
Susan Downey Executive Producer
Kevin Feige Producer
Alan Fine Executive Producer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Michael E. Goldman Art Director
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Randi Hiller Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Jeremy Latcham Co-producer
Dan Lebental Editor
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
David Maisel Executive Producer
Michael Mekash Makeup
Richard Pearson Editor
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Nicole Sortillon Makeup
Denis L. Stewart Executive Producer
Daniel Sudick Special Effects Supervisor
Justin Theroux Screenwriter
Suzan Wexler Art Director
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Iron Man 2
1. Chapter 1 [5:02]
2. Chapter 2 [6:03]
3. Chapter 3 [:45]
4. Chapter 4 [6:06]
5. Chapter 5 [6:09]
6. Chapter 6 [1:42]
7. Chapter 7 [4:33]
8. Chapter 8 [:35]
9. Chapter 9 [6:30]
10. Chapter 10 [:46]
11. Chapter 11 [5:39]
12. Chapter 12 [1:05]
13. Chapter 13 [6:33]
14. Chapter 14 [4:25]
15. Chapter 15 [4:04]
16. Chapter 16 [1:08]
17. Chapter 17 [5:41]

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Iron Man 2 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Destruction, violence, and mayhem reign. *All the ingredients for an action packed DVD are in this storyline. *Egomaniacs on the loose. *A wild "ride," Enjoy!
bookhag More than 1 year ago
The only reason i watched this movie was for the Black Widow. She's amazing!
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome movie great from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bert More than 1 year ago
The best in the sequel.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
So far, I feel the first Ironman movie is probably the best. That being said though, this one was in no way bad. I found it quite enjoyable as well. In fact, I just bought the 3 disc blue ray version of this shortly before I came on here to write this review. It's a rather good edition actually...completed with a disc loaded with features and a DVD copy as well. I believe this particular DVD copy has that disc of features as well. There were a few minor elements that I wasn't a huge fan of in this movie, but not really anything big enough for me to say anything bad about the movie as a whole. The cast did a great job. I rather liked Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. I think she did an excellent job and was quite sexy...and she sure kicked some @$$ in one part of the movie. As much as I like Sam Rockwell, too, his character kind of annoyed me, but he was suppose too...so Sam, I commend you on a great job at your part as well. LoL. All the actors did a superb job in this movie, and overall it's pretty good. Too bad Terrence Howard had to be greedy and forfeit his role, but Don Cheadle stepped up and di just fine at it. Why pass up the chance to be War Machine over a measely few million dollars more? As if he wasn't already making enoug already. Kinda retarded if you ask me. War Machine is a bad@$$! Bad career move Terrence. Oh well though. Anyway, sorry...that's enough outta me about that. All in all, this movie was pretty awesome. If you have not seen it yet, be sure and check it out!
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
Taking place six months after the first Iron Man, Iron Man 2 finds a world where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has successfully "privatized world peace," but fearing other countries getting their hands on Stark's Iron Man technology the Senate seeks to have Tony hand over the technology to the government. Also seeking to steal Stark's technology is Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) who wants to regain a weapons contract with the military. Complicating things further, a mysterious Russian physicist named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) turns up to destroy Tony Stark. Iron Man was a huge surprise when it came out in the early summer of 2008. A 2nd tier Marvel comic book, Iron Man became one of the top grossing movies of 2008, and even held it's own very well against the juggernaut that was The Dark Knight despite it's much smaller fanbase. It also resurrected Robert Downey Jr.'s career, showing that he was capable of leading a franchise despite his past mistakes. Since then Downey has found himself nominated for two Golden Globes winning one of them, and added yet another big action franchise to the current notch in his belt. Of course, all eyes are on Iron Man 2 to see if the movie will top it's predecessor in the expectations department, so how does it hold up. Iron Man 2 equals it's predecessor. The second installment of Iron Man is funnier than the original, and it ups the ante on the action from the first movie as well. What really makes the movie though, is not the action, but the characterizations. Fleshing out Stark's narcissism as well as his inabilities to deal with his emotions opens new doors into the character. Favreau and new writer to the series Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunderd) do a great job of handling a large cast that would normally sink most other comic book franchises. The casting in this movie is superb even if it seems jarring to see so many actors and actresses playing characters that aren't typical for them. Scarlett Johansson has rarely played an outright action fueled character, but she equips herself admirably to play the part of a believable martial arts trained heroine. Don Cheadle does a great job taking over the role of Rhodey from Terrence Howard, and even tops his predecessor. Mickey Rourke steals nearly every scene he's in, though, as Russian physicist Ivan Vanko. I was never sure if I would be able to buy him as a Russian, but the work he put into researching for the character definitely paid off. On the downside though, sometimes it feels as though there's too much of a rush to get from one point to the next. Scenes feel as though they move to the next before they're truly done playing out. To add to that, the second half of the film is a bit derivative of other action films. While the film may do a great job of going in a different direction than other comic book films, but in the last act of the movie it falls into the same trap of a cliched ending. All in all, I highly recommend this movie, especially if you like movies based on comic books and if you like the first Iron Man. Franchises like Iron Man, the current Batman series, and Kick-Ass set a new benchmark for comic book movies and action movies in general. With great action, acting, characterization, and originality these movies have moved beyond their genres to capture something that extends beyond it's core audience. 4.5/5
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