Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
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One of those movies would be "Iron Man: Rise of Technovore," which is approximately 65% Marvel action and mayhem, and 35% contemplative Nietzsche-quote-dropping anime. Gorgeous animation and some fun supporting by much-loved Marvel characters (Punisher, War Machine, Black Widow and Hawkeye), but it does have a slight problem with the whole Tony Stark Vs. SHIELD subplot that could have been avoided with just a few minutes of discussion.
Tony Stark is preparing to launch a satellite that will allow global surveillance to stop crimes and attacks before they happen... which sounds an awful lot like the villains' plan from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." But before the satellite launch, a mysterious young boy in bio-tech armor (referred to as Technovore) attacks the facility, and both Tony and Rhodey are attacked by men in flying suits of mech-armor.
But when Rhodey is seemingly killed in the battle, Tony goes on a rampage. Nick Fury tries to contact him, but when Tony ignores this attempt, an all-out assault is launched to stop Tony -- including sending Black Widow and Hawkeye to intercept him. So the eccentric billionaire joins forces with the Punisher to smoke out the mysterious attacker, and figure out what kind of technology he's using. If they fail, SHIELD itself will be the next target.
"Iron Man: Rise of Technovore" is an odd hybrid beast -- some parts of it could have been transplanted directly from a Marvel live-action movie, like the opening scene of Tony and Rhodey zooming over a version of Utah that could only have been dreamed up by someone who has never been there.Read more ›
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.
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...
Great computer graphics, however.