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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Robert Downey Jr.
Mickey Rourke
Sam Rockwell
Gwyneth Paltrow
Samuel L Jackson
Don Cheadle
Tim Robbins
Scarlett Johansson
Kate Mara
Clark Gregg
Directors
Jon Favreau
Screenwriters
Justin Theroux
Running Time
124 minutes

Iron Man 2
Robert Downey Jr.'s aluminium avenger returns


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Plot
Playboy superhero Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) looks like he’s having the time of his life, but secretly he’s starting to crack from the strain of a mysterious malady. Meanwhile, deranged Russian Ivan Vanko (Rourke) is plotting to annihilate Tony, in the guise of super-villain Whiplash…


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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