Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2


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

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...Hide

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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.

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BY thorinoak superstar

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

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

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.


Saw this with my mates. Fricken insane movie!

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The Press Reviews

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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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • Superhero franchise already showing signs of rust Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review