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Iron Man: Rise of Technovore

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor story May 26 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is one of marvels anime type features. Although the anime series from marvel are somewhat good (x-men, blade, ironman), they don't seem to transfer well to the movie format.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd Oct. 22 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A really great DVD and a nice take on Iron Man (It was also really nice to see other characters like Hawkeye and Black Widow outside of the Avengers franchise). Though, like most Japanese animation, the movements were stiff and there were far too many close ups of the characters faces, and not enough action.

Great computer graphics, however.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Nov. 9 2013
By 64
Format:Blu-ray
Like most anime animation, the visuals are stiff and boring with bizarre character expressions.

The story is absolute garbage. Essentially, some unknown villain attacks a space launch and in the process kills a key character, and so Iron Man decides he wants to track down and stop said villain - but for some unexplained reason, Nick Fury/Shield don't want Iron Man pursuing the villain and so they send Hawkeye and Black Widow to stop him. At some point, Iron Man meets up with Punisher, but honestly, I still don't really understand why, and it's such a short lived scene that I imagine it was only added to so they could say Punisher was in the movie.

The villain himself is such a chump - viewers will end up hating him because he's just so annoying rather than villainous. And when he starts spouting off quotes from the bible, I just about turned it off - how cliche can you get. Boring!

This movie has zero redeeming value. The action is dull, the story is terrible, the villain is annoying, the animation is awful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible! Worth a rental at best. July 2 2013
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This movie is a continuation of the live action movies. It is chronicling Iron Man's battle with a foe who possesses a more advanced technology and who has no qualms of using it for their own ends.

And that is the whole story, at least what I understood of it. The whole script makes absolutely no sense. The story jumps from one event to another, with very little connection to each other. The guess appearances of Black Widow, Hawkeye or even the Punisher are useless. They are used as an excuse for more action and that is it. But it advances very little of the "story" The director's effort to imbue an air of mystery to main antagonist is clumsy, so instead of making him interesting, I was yawning throughout the film... Instead of feeling for the antagonist or to hate him, I was totally disengaged.

The art style is very typical of anime. But it is done very well. The character designs are attractive. The Iron Man armor is done in CG while the antagonist's armor is traditionally animated, both are ugly!

The dubbing is well done, lip-syncing is spot on. But not the best dubbing I have listened to this year. And the actor's performance is unable to compensate for the other negative point of this movie.

Extras: What extras?

In the end, this is a decent to bad animated movie. Do not waste your money unless you want to collect all of the anime-style movies Marvel have brought out in the last year. Otherwise, stay away from it...
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you love anime you'll enjoy this, but if you don't you'll just be confused. April 18 2013
By Red - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a classic example of Marvel outsourcing its animation; this movie was created almost wholly by an anime studio (Mad House of Trigun and Deathnote fame) with the American studio having very little input. So from that perspective, it succeeds as an anime film. The animation is gorgeous and there is the feeling of world-ending plots and over-the-top villains that are more android than human in their actions. If you're a fan of anime, it's all stuff you've seen before, and you might quite enjoy it.

That said, if you're watching this for the Iron Man feature, you may not want to bother. The narration itself is very disjointed, and the characters are all pretty two-dimensional as another reviewer pointed out. The story is spotty, and it seems like it makes very little sense (why would Nick Fury actively being trying to kill Tony Stark with mandroids? So that there is an excuse to put in more exciting action/mecha scenes, of course!) There's spotty science, and no one seems to be bothered by the question that's set up in the first five minutes of the film which is "Is it okay to send a giant spy satellite into space to spy on people's every move as a crime prevention measure?" The answer seems to be yes, because while that would make for a spectacular plot, that's not what the movie's about.

If by some chance you're a big Ezekiel Stane fan from the comics, you're the one who will be most disappointed at all. Ezekiel is nothing like his 616 counterpart. He is detached from reality, and has zero redeeming qualities. He looks about 14 and Tony Stark repeatedly talks about how he's stepping in as the adult to "scold" him for his best friend's murder. There is nothing of the conniving, off-the-rails Zeke from the comics.

You can rent this movie from multiple digital sources. If you absolutely NEED to see it, renting is the better alternative to buying it.
50 of 63 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Epic Fail by Marvel Animation April 10 2013
By Jacob G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Marvel animation is just simply not up to par with DC animation yet, and that's really too bad, especially since Marvel puts out much better live action films. Sadly, this trend continues w/ Marvel's latest offerings. I had higher hopes because I really enjoyed Tales of Asgard and Planet Hulk. I thought they were large steps in the right direction. Instead we get two steps backward. Let me give you specific reasons of what went wrong here:

1. Dialog - Bad, bad, bad. Especially the scenes between Pepper Potts and Tony. They are cliche-filled, they are cheesy, they are terrible. There are times even when Pepper's lines were three bad lines right in a row, that all said the same thing in a different way. Nick Fury was reduced to a caricature. Only the Punisher has some good lines, but his presence in the film is much more minor than the cover suggests. The opening flight scene between War Machine and Iron Man sets the bar very low as Tony taunts Rhodey over and over again using the same lines, and the movie never clears that bar.

2. Plot - VERY MINOR SPOILERS. The plot hinges around an attack on a space tower at the beginning of the film by this "Technovore." Because Tony was there, SHIELD wants to bring him in for questioning. How do they try to bring him in? By trying to kill him. Yes, because Tony won't come in for questioning, Fury authorizes Mandroids, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to kill him. Why the escalation in violence? Who knows? The movie never tells us. In that scene where Technovore destroys the space tower, he also kills everyone inside it. Everyone except Iron Man, of course. Why does he spare Tony when he can easily kill him? Who knows? The movie never tells us. Where does Technovore get his powers from? Who knows? The plot and silliness continue through the entire film, but providing more examples would spoil it for you. Even the climax is a contrived mess that makes no sense.

What went right? The animation is pretty darn good. All of the characters are drawn a little but anime style, but that shouldn't bother anyone. Pepper Potts is strangely unattractive, and Black Widow's breasts are threatening to pop out the entire film. Like I said, it's anime style. The only reason I give this film two stars instead of one is because the animation is decent and they worked the Punisher into a small, but amusing role. I'd still recommend skipping the film.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technovore Review April 21 2013
By A. E. Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
At first I wasn't sure why so many were going to give this DVD bad reviews. Most commentaries were over the animation and dialogue.

Having watched the movie now, I can see where they are coming from.

From where I sit, Rise of the Technovore is a standard, mediocre anime with a Marvel character, covering and flavor to it.

It's a decent enough anime style if you don't mind how white washed it will be. The lines are rather rote and forced at times. If it didn't have the Marvel name and Iron Man attached to it, this would be one of thousands of animes that's out there and is quickly forgotten because it looks like all of the rest with this technological monster going to destroy the world, tentacles sprouting from it and the hero comes in with everything at dire odds and impossible to win the day yet he does so.

I can see why there are complaints of Punisher's appearance and cameo in this movie being so lack luster. And then Hawkeye and Blackwidow weren't much better off either.

If you look at this as standard anime fare, this is okay, watch it once and forget it. Move on to the next anime in the pile to watch.

But that this has the Marvel name and characters attached to it and the newest Marvel dvd movie out since the end of the MLG Productions and Lionsgate contract and the whole Disney now owns Marvel. People have a right to be upset. I'm glad we have a new dvd movie and that there's a promise of more Marvel Animated movies coming. But more could have been done. The animators could have done better.

Take a page from DC and WB and actually take some comic lines and adapt them to animation like they have. In the mean time, if this is what we continue to see, yes DC is going to own the arena for the direct to dvd animated movies. They are doing better when it comes to direct to dvds and television series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There's a lot of rust on this Iron Man... Aug. 19 2013
By Banon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
"Iron Man: Rise of Technovore" is an anime movie made as a follow up of sorts to the 2010 Iron Man anime series. It's the second time that Marvel and the animation studio Madhouse have teamed up to tackle the golden avenger, but this time with a different writer, director, and team. Having seen and enjoyed the 12-episode anime, I was looking forward to watching this movie. Aside from the music and cast however, no other connection to the series can be found. In fact, they make more connections to the live action franchise than anything else.

The story opens with Iron Man (Keiji Fujiwara) and War Machine (Hiroki Yasumoto) goofing around in their armors prior to Tony's press release concerning his new "Howard" satellite. It's meant to watch over the entire planet in an effort to protect people from danger, and the media is in an uproar over its potential for invading people's privacy. Rightfully so. There's never a clear response for this from Tony unfortunately (I would have liked to hear his defense of it), as the site is attacked by a group of armored goons. They're in the service of Ezekiel Stane (Miyu Irino), the deranged son of Obadiah Stane, and he's out to destroy the planet. Why? It's not really clear. Something about technology...I don't know.

It's easy to discuss what's good about this movie because there's not much. First of all, the animation is quite nice. The characters and their armors all have interesting designs, particularly the shape shifting Technovore armor that Zeke wears. We also get a large variety of Marvel heroes, like War Machine, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, and even the Punisher. That's right, the Punisher's in this, too. The action is fast paced and frantic, making the Iron Man armor seem incredibly powerful and advanced. To match this, the original Japanese cast (those from the series reprised their roles) is quite good and sound fitting for the characters.

Unfortunately, the rest of the movie can't back up how nice it looks. The plot is paper thin, and the characters are about half that deep. After seeing quite a few of them now, it's safe to say that Iron Man stories tend to work the best when they're about Tony Stark. He's an incredibly complex and fascinating character to dissect and learn more about. It's a shame nobody told Brandon Auman, the guy who wrote this story, because Iron Man is just an action stand in here. He's a cartoon version of the human character most have come to know, stripped down to his bare basics, being bad one liners and plot convenient intelligence.

If the plot were at all intriguing, maybe they could get away with this. Perhaps by having an interesting and dangerous villain to make up the difference. No luck here, either. Ezekiel Stane is modified from the comics to be a generic young anime villain, seeking to destroy all mankind for the sake of his vague and lofty ideals. He spews pretentious dialogue devoid of greater meaning, often to a woman that's never explained. Who was she? Why did she hang around with this creep? I guess we'll never know.

The rest of the cast is just as bland, with Hawkeye (Shuuhei Sakaguchi) and Black Widow (Miyuki Shawashiro) serving as meaningless foils to Iron Man who's on the run. Why S.H.E.I.L.D. spends so much time and money trying to bring in Iron Man is beyond me. It's a flimsy excuse for more mind numbing action scenes that don't need to be there. If they would have just helped Iron Man find the bad guys instead of impeding his progress at every turn, the movie would have been over twice as fast. The time wasted on these would have been better served developing the characters; getting them invested in what's going on. Maybe they could have found something substantial for War Machine to do, instead of removing him from the majority of the movie. Or giving a better excuse for Iron Man and the Punisher, two characters on pretty opposite sides of the superhero spectrum, to team up. This is probably wishful thinking on my part, because the awkward script prevents the dialogue from making any of these characters matter.

"Iron Man: Rise of Technovore" is a mediocre and generic foray into anime that had me wanting to just go back and watch the far superior show. Despite the nice animation, its visual success is dwarfed by the simplistic and uninteresting plot, wooden dialogue, bland villain, and excessive action.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Descent anime - but terrible subtitles June 20 2013
By David C Devore - Published on Amazon.com
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Movie is worth renting - but the subtitles are hard to read. There are some plot holes that do not make sense but part of that is the translation/cultural differences. The CGI is nice. Wait for it to be a $1.99 rental.
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