Iron Man (2008, USA) C-126m. SCOPE ** D: Jon Favreau. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, voice of Paul Bettany. A Marvel comic book adaptation that (surprisingly) doesn't look like a comic book: Super-rich weapons manufacturer Downey Jr. gets a dose of his own produce when he is injured and kidnapped in Afghanistan and held prisoner to recreate his most powerful weapon for the guerilla forces. Instead, he forges an iron suit that will ultimately make him the superhero of the title. The effects are good, but plot is only so-so and doesn't justify overlength. ROBOCOP (1987) was better.

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