Iron Man (2008) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: May 2, 2008
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor summa cum laude MIT graduate who is also the CEO of Stark Industries – Tony Stark inherited the business corporation from his late father Howard Stark – The Manhattan Project engineer.

Millenium Man

At the age of 21, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) became the legitimate owner of Stark Industries after Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), his father’s business partner who helped to sustain Stark Industries since Stark Sr. died in a car accident many years ago.

Instead of receiving awards, he gambles.

Tony Stark may be a genius but he is also an absolute playboy when he slept with hot reporter from Vanity Fair, Christine Everhart (Leslie Bibb) and left her wandering in his mansion.

Tony Stark presenting the "Jericho" missiles

In Afghanistan, Stark demonstrated his new weapon known as the “Jericho” missile. As he celebrate with his military friend, Lieutenant Colonel James “Jim” Rhodes (Terrence Howard) and went on a convoy without his friend – Tony was mortally wounded by pieces of shrapnel close to his heart.

Only to realize that he is being held captive as a prisoner by an Afghan terrorist militant – The Ten Rings. Rescued by Dr. Yinsen (Shaun Toub) to prevent the shrapnel from piercing through his heart; an electromagnet is stored in the middle of his chest.

The terrorist leader makes an offer that he will release Stark once he build a Jericho missile for his freedom – doubting they will not actually release them.

For three months, Stark came out with an idea of developing an armor suit by using the available materials stored for him by his captives. Not only that Stark did not built the Jericho(s) – he planned to use his suit to escape with Yinsen.

However, the terrorist noticed something that does not look like a missile and plans to check on them when the bomb charges planted to the door exploded rang the alarm as Yinsen buys some time for Stark. Eventually he got killed in action.

Prototype Armorsuit

Stark races against time to survive and destroy every weapons he ever made and flying out of the scene and to be rescued by his Rhodes.

In his press conference, Stark vowed to never manufacture weapons because of guilt consciences. Stane disagrees with his decision.

Stark decides to build a better reactor for his chest when he finally thought building a better armor suit than his prototype. There, the red and yellow suit is finally complete – Iron Man.

Iron Man

Behind the scene, Stane has been double-crossing Stark, who is liase with The Ten Rings, he obtained the blueprints and prototype armor suit and have the group eliminated. Stane builds his own armor suit – a gigantic one and with the stolen new reactor from Stark’s chest to power his suit.

Obadiah Stane's Iron Monger

Relying on his old reactor to battle with Stane’s armor suit – Iron Monger. Iron Man won the Iron Monger using brains over brawns.

The next day, Tony Stark revealed himself as Iron Man.

Director of S.H.I.E.L.D - Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

Director of S.H.I.E.L.D – Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) made an appearance to offer Stark to join the Avengers.

Reviewer’s Note:
Iron Man is a good start for new fanbase and existing fans, it tells a little history on how he eventually took the responsibility to become Iron Man. Barely alive and escaping from terrorist group is not one could think about it, what’s more building an armor suit to fly from the terrorist hideout and to be saved once more.

In Marvel Comics, Tony Stark was also saved by Dr. Yinsen but set during the Vietnam War instead in Afghanistan (prior to Afghan war-torn).

There are many changes in comparison with the comics and movie. Movie tries to make things as interesting as possible for the new and unknown audience.

Comic geeks like myself would have to conclude that this is the Iron Man we all knew but in the different era and technology.

But I’m pretty much amazed how Favreau managed to make the suit alive.

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