Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Time: 142 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle

Storyline:

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.

8 reviews

  • Quickie Review:

    The Avengers are now a fully functioning team stopping other groups who have nefarious agendas. On one of their missions, Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) comes across a dormant peacekeeping program. When activated the program named Ultron (James Spader) sees only one solution to achieve peace, human extinction. One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron has a lot to live up to, and it achieves it in spades. This is not a shallow action film, it is a direct sequel to the first Avengers continuing the story of the team and their relationships. Ultron posed a formidable threat to our heroes, and he did it with confidence and attitude. Avengers AOU is an action-packed, funny, geek out inducing, and most importantly an all-out fun movie that you will want to see multiple times.

    Full Review:

    I’ve been looking forward to this movie not for days, weeks, or months. No, I’ve been waiting for years. So much so that I went for the midnight premiere on a working day. My expectations were sky-high and wow I left the cinema ecstatic and with a giant smile on my face.

    Right from the start we kick off with an amazing action scene showing the whole Avengers team taking on the bad guys. I was covered in nerd goosebumps. It shouldn’t be a surprise that all the action sequences were top notch. In fact, they are better than the first Avengers because you get to see more of their teamwork. It is exciting to see how they communicate and improvise off of each other’s tools and skills. As amazing as these scenes were, the strange thing is they weren’t even the best parts of the movie. What I enjoyed the most was the banter between all the characters. The witty dialogue had me laughing countless times. I think I can safely say, this was the funniest Marvel movie so far. Yes Avengers AOU is also the darkest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but director Joss Whedon always found a way to not let that compromise the fun. A large part of that had to do with the way the characters were handled.

    These are not the same heroes we knew from Avengers, they have changed, there are new relationships and priorities. All of that brought a new dynamic within the team we hadn’t seen before. Everyone, including the new additions such as Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) get their fair share of screen time to shine. Even, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was finally shown as a badass. He was integral to keeping the team together when things were at their worst. Now let’s talk about the guy who was making Avengers’ day worse, Ultron. In the trailers he is shown as a menacing villain with an imposing presence, and that is true physically but his personality was more than that. In many ways he had more base human traits than you might expect: fear, jealousy, anger, and most surprisingly a great sense of humour. He had a great cocky attitude about everything he did, which was a dimension to the character that I didn’t anticipate but fit really into the tone of the movie.

    There is so much more I want to talk about but I want you to experience it all yourself. The vastly overwhelming positives drown out any “complaints” I have. Seriously there were moments I couldn’t contain myself from cheering and I was not alone in that. So many times the cinema burst into joyous laughter and thunderous applause. Avengers AOU is everything I wanted it to be, more fun, more action, more epicness that make even the most casual viewer’s inner nerd come out of the cinema drooling for more.

    P.S. There is only one mid-credits scene. Once you see that scene you can leave the cinema knowing you are not missing anything.

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  • Though 2012’s The Avengers was not the first shot fired from Marvel Studios’ ambitious arsenal of comic book adaptations, it refined and superseded the template set by 2008’s Iron Man. The Avengers was neither campy like the superhero movies of the late 20th century, nor was it a brooding meditation like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The Avengers worked in much the same manner as any of the great Howard Hawks’ films: comedy, drama, and action were synchronised bedfellows, and even the most minor characters were never caricatures. Much of the credit belongs to writer-director Joss Whedon, who knows a thing or two about bringing together seemingly disparate personalities in the service of the greater good.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron has some fairly straightforward goals: match the quality of its predecessor (tick), sow the seeds for the imminent Civil War (tick), and unleash more of what made The Avengers the third highest grossing film of all time (tick, tick, and tick). The latter means more humour-tinged action, of which is aplenty. Before the opening credits roll, Whedon plunges us into the action as our all-star team battle Hydra soldiers in the snowy mountains of some fictional Eastern European country. There’s Tony Stark as Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) whizzing past Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as they speed past the soldiers. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) flies into frame, wielding his trusty hammer. There’s Captain America (Chris Evans) on his motorbike, dragging a soldier along only to fling him onto his comrades. Last, but most definitely not least, our favourite rage monster, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) stomps in, dispensing with the baddies as if they were toy soldiers. Whedon captures the entire teaem in a freeze frame and, Marvel fan or mere moviegoer, there is not enough willpower in the known world to resist the giddiness that arises at seeing the Avengers assembled.

    The plot proper concerns Ultron (perfectly voiced by James Spader), an artificially intelligent creation designed by Stark after he experiences a hallucination of the world’s end. Stark’s good intentions don’t translate – what was meant to be a global peacekeeping initiative manifests into something extreme and dangerous. Ultron believes the only way to save humankind is to do away with it altogether and replace the species with another, more evolved race. Ultron proves a formidable opponent, not only because he has two genetically enhanced humans – twins Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), aka Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch – at his beck and call, but because his very existence is a source of division between Stark and Captain America, who is disturbed less by Stark playing God than Stark keeping the rest of the team in the dark about it.

    Wanda’s ability to induce haunting visions catches our often infallible heroes at their most vulnerable. That fragility, so often shunted to the sidelines, is front and center here. It complicates the nascent romance between Black Widow and Bruce Banner. It reminds us that these superheroes are not only fighting to protect the world, they’re fighting to protect their own. Arguably the least interesting of the team in the first film, Hawkeye aka Clint Barton is more fleshed out here, revealed as a man who has a wife (Linda Cardellini) and kids. He also gets one of the best lines in the film: “The city is flying. We’re fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense.”

    Though this film’s mood is decidedly more somber, Whedon does not skimp on the laughs. Sometimes they emanate from Hemsworth’s priceless reaction shots: the cockiness that slacks into genuine worry when Cap almost moves Thor’s mighty hammer, the laugh of relief when Cap doesn’t, the confusion and recovery after Vision (Paul Bettany, at last more than the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. and proving an intriguing addition to the mix) commits an act that gives everyone pause. Other times it’s from the constant macho posturing: Stark and Thor competing over who has the better partner, War Machine (Don Cheadle) trying to impress the big boys with tales of his adventures, everyone teasing Cap about his aversion to bad language.

    All the actors are in fine fettle and it is enjoyable to see secondary characters like War Machine and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) pop up, even if only for a few minutes. Of the new additions, Johnson has the hardest time of it. He makes a solid showing but his Quicksilver pales in comparison to Evan Peters’ version, who was the undisputed delight of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Johnson also has the misfortune of sharing most of his scenes with Olsen, who easily commands attention even when she’s out of focus. Ruffalo once again emerges as the MVP, though this time it is as Bruce Banner who is this film’s heart and soul.

    Not that the Hulk is kept out of action. His tussle with the Hulkbuster, in which he not only gets pummeled with the speed of a jackhammer but barreled down the floors of a still-in-construction building, is an absolute high point. The climactic showdown between Ultron’s army and the Avengers is almost too much of a good thing. Every inch of every frame vibrates with adrenaline; there is such an excess of action that it nearly becomes impossible to take it all in. Yet amidst the frenzy and the near ridiculous level of destruction, Whedon and the crackerjack cast never lets us forget that being a superhero comes with deep and frequently irreversible consequences.

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  • Movie Name : Avengers: Age Of Ultron
    Genre : Sci-Fi / Action
    Rating : Good 3.5 /5
    Avengers:Age Of Ultron turned out to be as thrilling and exciting as its first part. It was definitely good but not as great as the original.
    Avenger are threatened by new enemy Upton is spawned from a peace program initiated by Tony Stark keeping other members out of loop. However , things turn topsy turvy when the program goes horribly wrong as he plans an attack on Earth and wage a war against mankind and turn humans into his slave. Together, Avengers with new members must fight the evil Ultron.
    It would have been really challenging for Joss Whedon, director of Serenity and the original Avengers, to make a film by assembling all the superheroes in one flick but to my surprise he did a fantastic job and turned this comic-story into a must-see film. Of course, if you would have followed their original parts then this will be easy to continue. The differences between the characters has been portrayed ecstatically. 1st half boast of some path-breaking action sequences. The street fight between Iron man and Hulk is astounding. 2nd half loses the steam with so many stories interwoven under the same umbrella. Couple of scenes that easily stands out are conversation between Ultron and Iron man, the chemistry between the black widow and the Hulk. Climax fighting depicted reminds you of the first part which is well executed. Screenplay is effective along with punching dialogues Cinematography is enthralling. The CGI is magnificent with thrilling visual effects. On the flip side , any superhero movie is supported by electrifying background which is clearly missing here. Nevertheless, it is compensated by powerful performances by rest of the starcast especially Robert Downey Jr who clearly stands out in his portrayal of Ironman and witty one- liners. He is just getting better with each film. Surprisingly, I liked Scarlette Johanson as the Black Widow.
    Overall , an action-packed entertainment with good storyline , lovely performances and superb CGI. It definitely misses the mark when compared to the previous part but do you even care when you have the privileged to watch all the superheroes under the same umbrella
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  • I think it’s safe to say that Marvel Studios have gotten themselves to a safe enough place to be comfortable and confident in the movies they are making. The latest films have been branching out into various genres (political thriller with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, comedy sci-fi with Guardians of the Galaxy) and they have now reserved the main Avengers movies for the generic beat-em-up that most superheroes become. Despite this, Age of Ultron isn’t entirely a slugfest and does try to take a softer approach with a few of its characters.

    The movie starts right in the middle of an intense action sequence, with the team of the Avengers (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, The Hulk and Hawkeye) assaulting a fortress in the European country of Sokovia in an attempt to retrieve the sceptre of Loki from Hydra (see Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Once Tony Stark gets his hands on it, he realises that the sceptre possesses the technology to develop complex artificial intelligence, something that he and Bruce Banner have been interested in developing for a while. But Stark’s plans for this AI program, named Ultron, goes awry and the program soon goes rogue with plans to destroy mankind. It’s up to the Avengers to, you know, save the day.

    In this film, we get to have a closer look some of the characters outside the big three (Thor, Cap, Iron Man) and it is slightly refreshing. The relationship between Black Widow and Hulk is explored and heavily hinted at being romantic and Hawkeye is revealed to have a wife and children, a fact that surprised not only the audience, the characters in the film. These smaller arcs are somewhat refreshing and satisfying.

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  • Full disclosure, I was not the biggest fan of The Avengers, I mean it was good but it can’t say I loved it. So with Avengers: Age of Ultron I was looking for something completely different from the first movie, something even bigger and badder. The film itself had immense pressure to topple it’s predecessor, thankfully Age of Ultron does a mighty fine job of doing so.

    In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark tries to jump start a peace-keeping program, one that would free the Avengers of their duties and instead everything would be handled by an army of Iron Man-like droids. However, things go awry and Stark’s experiment results in the creation of villainous Ultron who threatens to dismantle everything the Avengers have worked for and attempts to execute his own terrible plans. Age of Ultron is probably Marvel’s most ambitious project yet and it definitely delivers. It’s a movie that loaded with tons of things but Joss Whedon does a great job of balancing every thing out for the most part. The story is broader than the previous one, a lot of new characters are introduced there’s so much going on, yet Whedon presents us with a complex film that’s tremendously exciting to watch. The comedy is still there, the latest installment has a lot of lightheartedness and the one-liners are as memorable as ever. However, it’s the introduction of a darker, more somber tone that gives the film a new-found dose of conflict and dread.

    The dread comes mainly from Ultron, brought to life by the motion-capture and voice work of James Spader, Ultron makes for a worthy foe, he’s menacing and sinister which makes him standout as one of the franchise’s best villains. The film also has a lot of energy, Whedon does an excellent job of making this movie immensely entertaining, the action is well orchestrated, the set-pieces are just as great as the first film, it’s a very well directed film. If there’s any part where the movie falls short it’s properly developing everything. Many aspects of the film feel under-cooked and poorly developed, as if small chunks of the film had been cut out. However, this is only a minor misstep for an otherwise finely tuned machine.

    In conclusion, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a bigger, badder, better sequel to a 2012’s The Avengers, the latest film takes a turn to the darker side but never shies away from action, excitement and the trademark Marvel comedy and most importantly it delivers as the popcorn blockbuster flick we all wait for every year.

    Final Score: 9.3/10

    -Khalid Rafi

  • Age of Ultron: Watching Marvel films, it is hard to deny it is a lot of fun. We all know the films will never win any oscars(outside of a long shot oscar for best visual effects). The first Avengers was the most fun many people, including myself, have ever had watching a movie. The action, story, characters were all outstanding and wildly entertaining. With this sequel, most probably found themselves expecting a worthy successor. Although the beginning starts a little shaky and the villain isn’t quite advertised accurately, Avengers: Age of Ultron still delivers incredible action and fantastic visual effects to leave the audience satisfied walking out the door.

    I was pretty worried at the beginning of the movie. The dialogue was poorly-written and corny taking the audience away from the action and storyline. I was just hoping it would not be like this the whole movie. Thankfully, it wasn’t but more on that in a second. Ultron, the new villain, in the movie was advertised as a very serious, powerful foe. Although Ultron is without a doubt powerful, the dialogue written for him was also very one-sided, and stupid giving no depth to the character. Yes, it is a “robot”, but he is also supposed to be a highly, artificially intelligent life form. Ultron should have been portrayed this way, but sadly they flip-flopped between and powerful and serious to stupid and unnecessary one-liners.

    As I said earlier, the movie had a rocky start but found it’s stride after a few scenes. The thing Age of Ultron did the best, which not many other film franchises can did, is it found a way to balance all of it’s characters. They have more star power than almost any film to date, and though there was not a lot of depth to some characters, we still got a feel at each and every character that was in the film.

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  • (Rating: ☆☆ out of 4)

    This film is not recommended.

    In brief: This film may be critic-proof, but it is also fun-proof.

    GRADE: C

    Believe it or not, this is actually the 11th Marvel film about superheroes. Yes, they have taken moviegoers into the comic book cosmos, with varying results, and made their films one of the most profitable series in movie history. Reviews seem pointless as the movie is critic-proof in its popularity. Avengers: Age of Ultron is also fun-proof.

    Now let me begin my review by admitting to a bias: I am not really enamored by superhero movies. While I do usually find them entertaining and mildly diverting, I do enjoy the CGI artistry involved. I don’t follow the historical and mythological angles of these comic book heroes and their mystical powers, nor do I much comprehend their hierarchy in the superhero food chain. Just show me the money in your big budget with your CGI! On that matter, the film does not disappoint.

    Adequately directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron gathers this motley crew of crusaders together once more to rescue the world from annihilation, although our heroes do a pretty good job of destroying many metropolises and injuring countless innocent bystanders in order to save them and mankind. (Perhaps they should try a little less harder next go-round.)

    Once more we have Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr.), too snarly and uptight this round, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) with those expandable briefs and those patented stretchy trousers, Captain America (Chris Evans) with no shirtless scene for the gay crowd to Marvel (shame!), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) looking great in head to toe leather, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) with his non-stop supply of arrows, and Thor with hammer and grimace in tow. Plus some secondary avengers are now added to the mix but just take up more screen time from the primary A-team and contribute little to the film: Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, aptly named for his speed, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch, who has the power of mind control but had very little control of her fluctuating Russian accent, and Paul Betthany as Vision, although I had some trouble understanding his whole superpowers and identity. It’s all more of the same clang-bang-shoot-em-up from that ole gang of ours.

    The thin story, also written by Whedon, has Tony Stark a.k.a. Ironman center stage as he uses the elusive Loki specter to create an artificial intelligence, namely Ultron (wonderfully voiced by James Spader), to help him and his cronies battle the ongoing forces of evil. Of course, Tony’s ideal robot buddy has other ideas and more destruction and mayhem ensues.

    The battles are plentiful, six rather long combat scenes by my count, enough to please most young fanboys and gamers in the audience, or anyone under the age of 10. There’s more screen time per battle than there is in dialog or character development, although Whedon does try to give some backstory to some characters and romantic involvement between two of the Avengers (strictly boy/girl stuff). Between the ethical debates about war and peace between Stark and Captain America, or his foe Ultron, the film really has no point of view. It just keeps moving on, with its main purpose to show oodles of badly staged combat that either highlights shaky camerawork that obscures the action and movement of the actors or it relies on slo-mo aerial ballet moments for dramatic effects. The pacing is set at either of those two extremes with little in-between.

    The film takes itself far too seriously. What made previous outings so popular and effective were the humorous asides and ironic conversations between these misfits, a factor totally missing in this film except for an amusing moment involving Thor’s heavy hammer and a plummeting action sequence between Ironman and the Hulk that supplies the film’s sparse laughs.

    Noisy and clunky, Avengers: Age of Ultron is mindlessly numbing pop entertainment that seemed more desperate to please its audience with its state-of-the art imagery that supply any logic or pleasure to any of its human characters or any moviegoer with an average IQ for that matter.

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  • With the Marvel Cinematic Universe growing increasingly larger every year, returning director Joss Whedon was faced with an even more monumental task than he did in 2012 with The Avengers, the movie that finally brought together the superhero collection of huge personalities united by one goal, but each wanting to go about it in their own way. Each standalone film has developed key supporting players necessary to the character whose name is on the poster, and with The Avengers’ climax allowing its Earthlings to gaze into a wormhole and last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy unleashing aliens a-plenty, Marvel’s world has truly become a universe.

    The last time a director returned for a Marvel sequel, we ended up with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 (2010), a messy let-down of a film that lacked invention, to the point that it felt like the guy behind the camera had lost all interest by the end. In a way, Age of Ultron suffers from some of the same problems. Like all Marvel films, it pits it’s leads against a ‘new threat’, climaxing with a battle in the air that features lots of punches, blasts and quips. But for all it’s narrative familiarity, Whedon still finds new ways for his heroes to batter their opponents, keeping the jokes fresh and genuinely witty, and ensuring the ragtag, flawed bunch are always eager to be at each other throats (quite literally – I think every character is grabbed by the throat at some point).

    Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is still suffering from nightmares and flashbacks of his journey through the wormhole and seeing the threats lurking amongst the stars. He and the Avengers, now led by Captain America (Chris Evans), attack the Hydra outpost of Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), the monocled Nazy glimpsed at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) in possession of Loki’s scepter. Von Strucker’s defences are useless when faced by the Avengers, but that is until he unleashes the twins Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen); the former possessing super-speed, and the latter able to enter people’s mind and unleashing their darkest fear. When Wanda screws with Stark, he sees his friends dead, powerless to stop it. She is like the ultimate bum acid trip.

    After retrieving the scepter, Stark and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) discover an artificial intelligence hidden inside, and use it to kick-start the Ultron program, an independent-thinking army of robots designed to protect Earth from any threats, allowing the Avengers to retire in the process. But Ultron (wonderfully voiced by James Spader), having consumed huge amounts of data through the internet within seconds of being activate, concludes that the only way to save the planet is to eliminate the one’s responsible for slowly destroying it – humanity. Upon discovering what Stark has created, Captain America and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are furious. And so are the public, who are terrified with the amount of carnage taking place around them as Ultron journeys to Africa in search of vibranium, the near-invincible metal that will allow him to create the ultimate body.

    On top of the character’s already mentioned, the Avengers also consist of Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Add to the mix the returning Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba and Paul Bettany – who appears in the flesh for the first time as the Vision – as well as newcomers Linda Cardellini and Andy Serkis, and you have one hell of a hefty line-up. Whedon has juggled large ensemble’s before with the tragically cancelled Firefly and it’s follow-up movie Serenity (2005), as well as the first Avengers, but he has a noticeably weaker grip on his cast this time around. It jumps from one action scene to another, slightly smothering the quieter scenes in between, failing to allow them to breathe and flow.

    The one exception involves a welcome retreat for the Avengers, who choose to lay-low at Hawkeye’s (Renner) humble abode after causing more chaos with Ultron. Clearly feeling guilty at the shoddy deal Hawkeye got last time around, who spent most of the movie controlled by Loki, Whedon has finally made him interesting. He acknowledges his inferiority when compared an unstoppable green monster and the God of Thunder, and even comments on the lunacy of fighting off an army of killer robots with a bow and arrow. His warm relationship with his wife (Cardellini) and his children, as well as his various personal face-off’s with Pietro, provide a human connection in the midst of a 90 year-old super soldier and a millionaire playboy genius.

    With Marvel’s Phase Three almost upon us (once Ant-Man is finally released later this year), Age of Ultron was always in danger of being little more than a stepping-stone to what’s to come. Yet although it certainly hints at upcoming characters (the fictional country of Wakanda, home of the Black Panther, is mentioned) and future events (Thor is troubled by his Wanda-induced apocalyptic visions, which are to take place in Thor: Ragnarok (due 2017)), it also moves the story forward and evolves its characters. Marvel certainly needs to change its formula though (the paranoid thriller twist on The Winter Soldier was a stroke of genius); the smash-heavy climaxes have become tired. Ultron is also not really the threat he was set-up to be, but he’s utterly electric when on screen, Spader providing a biting wit to his growls. It is far for perfect, and inferior to its predecessor, but riotously entertaining throughout.

    Rating: 4/5
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