Iron Man 2

Out Now On-Demand

The sequel to 2008's Iron Man takes place six months later, when Tony Stark's identity-reveal is taking its toll.

Robert Downey Jr reprises his role as the hero, while two new villains are introduced. Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) is a tough Russian guy who has constructed his own suit with electro-charged whips. Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is a rival industrialist. Scarlett Johansson plays Stark's new assistant, but is more than she seems...

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Directed by

Written by

  • Justin Theroux
  • (based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Larry Lieber)

Action, Science Fiction

124mins

Rating: M Contains Medium Level Violence

USA

Official Site

This fun, flashy superhero sequel doesn’t quite match the original. It has everything that made the first such a hit – crackling dialogue, sardonic wit, cool technology – but ends up as little more than a thinly-veiled advertisement for future Marvel movies.

Disappointingly, it feels as if all the exciting stuff is yet to come. Samuel L. Jackson turns up half way, to talk for a while about what may or may not happen in a sequel (it’s to link in to the upcoming Avengers movie, but if you’re unfamiliar with what this is, this movie offers no explanation). Scarlett Johansson is similarly pointless.

It’s in this middle-section drag that some viewers will be begging for some action. Thankfully, this means that Mickey Rourke is soon wheeled back onscreen as a weirdo Russian ex-jailbird scientist, aka ‘Whiplash’, smirking as he quietly goes about whupping ol’ shellhead’s ass.

If only the movie was more focused, we could have had an awesome Downey vs Rourke storyline. But with so many uneven plot strands, it’s all a bit uninvolving.

Fans of the comic book might well be satisfied. Anyone else will find moments here – it certainly looks cool – but might, like me, leave the cinema feeling a little undernourished.

Empire (UK)

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Rourke and Rockwell make satisfying, complementary villains, while Downey Jr. delivers again. Shame this sequel feels inessential, over-busy and a little, well, mechanical. Nothing they can’t put right for Iron Man 3.

Hollywood Reporter

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Well, that didn't take long. Everything fun and terrific about "Iron Man," a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel. In its place, Iron Man 2 has substituted noise, confusion, multiple villains, irrelevant stunts and misguided story lines.

NZherald.co.nz (Russell Baillie)

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Superhero franchise already showing signs of rust

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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I suspect I will now need an Iron Man suit of my own to protect me from the wrath of hardcore fans, but I hereby confess this latest outing did little to excite me, and in fact underwhelmed me at every turn.

tvnz.co.nz (Darren Bevan)

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Iron Man's back - and so is Robert Downey Jr.

Variety (USA)

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Isn't as much fun as its predecessor, but by the time the smoke clears, it'll do.

ViewAuckland.co.nz (Matt Turner)

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As sequels go, Iron Man 2 is disappointing in places and fails to deliver the thrills of the first film but it's still worth seeing thanks to its strong performances, decent effects and a frequently witty script.

It's Still Robert Downey...

Not as good as the first but its still Robert Downey Jr. at his best.


Highway to Hell!

Compelling action packed adventure, Great explosions probally because of USA lol no surprize if is. Loved the storyline, The great thing was it wasnt a movie which you watch and halfway through want it to end, e.g - maybe Narnia

I was shocked at how good it was...

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I was shocked at how good it was...

Was not looking forward to watching this movie but some good twists in this movie and i found it very enjoyable and funny. I would watch this again, but not my favourite movie.

Mad

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Mad

Saw this with my mates. Fricken insane movie!

Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert Downey Jr.

'Nuff said.

bravo

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bravo

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Deeply lame... and suspiciously right wing...

Not within a country mile of the very cool original. Meandering and uninteresting, with the bad guy out-numbered two to one... Where's the suspense in that?

Additionally they seem to be selling Stark as a "good" arms dealer, with his enemy being the "bad" arms dealer. WTF? Since when did being an arms dealer become ok with Hollywood? (My guess is when Murdoch started paying for movies). The appearance of O'Rielly, one of the most nasty, right-wing nut-jobs in America, confirms the moral turpitude of this film.

Downey and Rockwell ARE excellent however, but one suspects that this has nothing to do with the film.

Avoid.

AWESOME!

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AWESOME!

great muvie! i would watch it over again if i have tooo! lol. awesom! ...S2...

= (Transformers 2/ Batman & Robin) x Gilmore Girls

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= (Transformers 2/ Batman & Robin) x Gilmore Girls

I loved Iron Man 1.

It was a movie I could recommend to guys and girls across most ages, and even if super hero action films weren't their thing, they al generally enjoyed it and thought it was pretty cool.

Iron Man 2 was still entertaining but could not reach the heights of the first. Some glimpses of great action scenes but then always left wanting.

The flimsy additional characters seemed like the infamous flop that was "Batman & Robin" while quick back and forth un-funny dialogue made me feel like I was watching Gilmore Girls. Having just seen Inglorious Basterds and Kick Ass as my last 2 action movies, Iron Man 2 seemed like it was definitely targeted more at the tween/ teen market. "Light action" + a weak plot and characters. But then again still somewhat entertaining.

Awesome as

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Awesome as

Wicked special effects, i liked the first one but this one in my view is better. The special effects can't be beat