This film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Don Cheadle as Rhodey and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. All were in the first film and are even better in their roles in this one. Samuel Jackson also returns as Nick Fury, the commander of S.H.I.E.L.D, the organization that eventually sets up the Avengers in the Marvel Universe. As a matter of fact this film setup for the next Avenger film Thor. Can’t wait to see that on. Anyway, enough about the back facts and on with the review of Iron Man 2.
In this film Tony, aka Iron Man, is slowly dieing because of blood poisoning from the chest implant that is keeping him alive. We learn that he has tried so many different elements to power it that he thinks he has tried everything. Later on in the film Nick Fury shows up and tells him that there is an answer but it is buried someplace in the stuff left behind by his father. It is the molecular diagram of a molecule that has yet to be discovered. A new element entirely. They never say what the element is, at least I don’t remember a name given to it, but it is just the thing to fix Tony’s problem with power as well as the poison in his blood.
As to the bad guy or guys of the film, there is a son of a man that used to work with Stark’s father who helped to lay out the plans for the ARC reactor. As you know, it is a micro ARC reactor that is keeping Tony alive. Mickey Rourke is playing the son Ivan Vanko who is out for revenge against Tony and Stark Industries for the deportation and ruin of his father who has helped in the development of the reactor. With the plans his father left him he creates his own miniature reactor to power his own exoskeleton and plasma whips that he uses to cause Tony and Iron Man so much problems. It is also during this time that Tony is starting to go off the deep end as he tried to set his life in order since he thinks he is going to die.
It seems from the film that the events in the film cover at most 2 weeks of time. You see Tony give his company to Pepper, He lets Rhodey steal one of the power suits. The one for War Machine. He is also desperate to tell Pepper just how he feels about her but she never lets him or gives him the chance until the end of the film. Everyone sees just how much they care about each other but the both of them are too stubborn to see it or talk about it, in Tony’s case.
This film is full of action and thrills. If you thought that the last film was exciting and were to compare that one to a roller coaster then the last film was a kiddie coaster and this one is a scare the pants off you coaster with tons of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you didn’t get to see this one in the theater then pop this gem into a wide screen TV, turn down the lights, and be prepared to be amazed and entertained.