Rent Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Synopsis:
Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve "world peace" via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) - alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) - must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind...if they can!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Kevin Feige
Voiced By:
Kerry Condon, Lou Ferrigno
Writers:
Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, Roy Thomas, John Buscema
Studio:
Walt Disney
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/09/2015
Run Time:
136 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Hindi
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
Bonus:
  • Global Adventure
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/09/2015
Run Time:
141 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Hindi, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Bonus:
  • From the Inside Out: Making Of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"
  • The Infinite Six
  • Global Adventure
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary with Director Joss Whedon
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/09/2015
Run Time:
141 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Hindi, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/09/2018
Run Time:
141 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, German, Italian
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, German, Italian

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Reviews (4) of Avengers: Age of Ultron

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. - Avengers: Age of Ultron review by Count Otto Black

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The problem with just about all of the current batch of superhero movies is that they ultimately revolve around massive property damage and the destruction of giant machines. This film consists of seemingly endless superhero-versus-armies-of-evil-robots mayhem, and the frenetic pace makes the whole thing one-note, since the level of danger and the often exhausting pace seldom let up right from the start. It's basically tailor-made to be described as "awesome" by people who use that word far too much because they're children trying to sound like all other children, or adults desperately trying to be 14 forever.

That's the movie's main failing, but it does have strengths too. In what is probably a direct reaction to criticisms of the way Superman has been portrayed recently, the heroes go out of their way to save innocent people, irrespective of whether it greatly adds to the difficulty of what they're trying to accomplish, and this is used as the yardstick by which ambiguous characters eventually measure up as good guys. When Captain America announces that, no matter what, the Avengers cannot abandon even one civilian, let alone allow thousands to die for the greater good, it rings true as the kind of thing a superhero would say, and we see plenty of evidence that they mean it, including the Hulk's growing awareness that he's too dangerous to be deployed in populated areas.

Unfortunately, the poorly-constructed plot doesn't allow proper development of this concept, since we don't really get any sense of growing tension. And when Hawkeye unexpectedly turns out to actually have a life, the astonishment of all the other characters merely highlights how one-dimensional they are (especially in light of the fact that significant others played by actresses who couldn't be bothered to do a cameo in this movie are casually referenced and then forgotten about). The number of times Hawkeye lampshades the fact that he's not remotely useful on a team which includes an actual god emphasizes the clunkiness of a script which belatedly tries to make an irrelevant character important while setting up a reason not to include him in any further Avengers movies (but maybe he might be there if his sudden character development makes everyone like him after all). And there has to be be something wrong with a superhero movie in which Hawkeye is the most interesting character, despite in-your-face remarks like: "I'm just a guy with a bow."

Ultron is the least interesting villain imaginable: a bad robot built for no good reason by two characters who struggle to justify their actions, who comes across as a mentally retarded monster who wants to wipe out the human race because the script says so. And the blatant attempt to portray him as Old Testament God Almighty who accidentally gives birth to Jesus Christ with superpowers is so clumsy that it would only work as a subversive joke in an insanely religious but collectively stupid country like the USA. And the inevitable romantic subplot that springs up out of absolutely nowhere unfortunately involves two people who would clearly rather wash their mouths out with sulphuric acid than kiss each other.

So on the technical level, this is a triumph of mostly pretty good CG objects being smashed against each other for unprecedented lengths of time. As a drama involving believable characters with more than one dimension, not so much. The almost endless action scenes are of course "awesome" in the sense of "quite good but my vocabulary doesn't run to another superlative that exceeds meh", but they really do get tiring after a while. I'd give this film a precisely average rating of two and a half stars, but since this site doesn't allow half stars, I'll go to three on the strength of Captain America's genuine heroism just like we want to see, and Hawkeye's differently heroic attempts to be a real person in a movie where nobody else is.

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good action - Avengers: Age of Ultron review by gazmb

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I enjoyed this film for what it is really , just super heroes and full of special effects. I agree the good guys seem to do more damage than the bad guys do. I agree as well that this one has quite a weak story.

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Would not recommend watching - Avengers: Age of Ultron review by KM

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What is the point of watching a Movie if it is exactly like what is written on the Blu-Ray Cover?

Basically an AI monster goes wrong and the Avengers must now stop it. That's it. Whats the point of watching the Movie?

I know its hard coming up with original story lines but a basic story line is not that hard.

i.e. If you watch Transformers: Age of Extinction you know the Transformers are being killed from the blu-Ray cover.

When you watch the Movie you learn that the Humans have learned to clone the Transformers. At the end of the

movie you learn that the Humans are being deceived by the Decepticons. For that reason Avengers gets a 2. Transformers got 3 for story and 1 extra (4 Total) for the 3D special effects. Something like I Robot would get a 4 for story and The Matrix a 5.

I watch 3D Movies for the special effects and not the 3D depth information. I have been watching movies for decades

and most people are quite good at imagining depth information. When watching Transformers, the Robots were floating in the

middle of my room. The dinosaurs at the beginning walked right up to my nose. It would not have been that difficult

for Thor's Hammer to fly out of the screen at the Audience. Sure there were scenes in the movie when it appeared

objects were off the screen like when the Avengers were flying in the sky at you but this simply was just 3D depth

information and not special effects that come right up to your nose.

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Critic review

Avengers: Age of Ultron review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The keyword with the sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers is “more.” Director Joss Whedon throws more superheroes, more baddies, more explosion and more comedic jabs at the screen than he ever has before. In other words, it’s more of the same in how it delivers on what you’d expect from a superhero summer blockbuster. The good news is that while it still cranks up the special effects and silly one-liner, the running time has been extended to allow for much more character development than you’d expect from a film that has to juggle so many heroes.

For such a lengthy blockbuster, Whedon wastes no time in the pacing. It only takes three minutes in the first scene to see the old gang already in action, cleaning up the remaining forces of HYDRA (the secret villain organization from Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) zips and blasts through the air in his Iron Man suit. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) whips and twirls his mystical hammer, smashing the ground with mighty quakes. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) flings his mighty shield off the heads of bad guys as the old-fashioned Captain America. Black Widow/Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) aims her pistols, Hawkeye/Clint (Jeremy Renner) aims his arrows and Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) aims his green smash-craving body at the opposition. All the while they trade that familiar humorous banter during their teamwork.

Somewhat successful in their mission, the Avengers retrieve Loki’s staff of mind-control power. Peering into its full capabilities, Stark spots the perfect opportunity to create an artificial intelligence he’d been tinkering around with to protect the world. The mad scientist succeeds at creating a mechanical being he has dubbed Ultron (voiced by James Spader), but, surprise, Ultron’s method of peace involves global extinction. Despite being a robot inspired to kill all humans, Ultron has a surprising amount of charisma and expression for being a metal monstrosity. Spader’s performance comes through with a surprising amount of nuance in the motion captured animation. Considering his limited facial expression parts, there’s an amazing level of personality to this robot as opposed to Marvel’s past organic antagonists which do little more than scowl and growl. Ultron’s plan to destroy humanity may not be all that original for a bot gone bad, but his cunning and enthusiasm for such tactics is unparalleled to any other mechanical movie monster.

Though Captain America and Iron Man come to blows over the need for Ultron, there’s a higher level of character development for the Avengers we haven’t seen as much of in previous Marvel films. If you had to choose one hero that steals the show, it’s undeniably Hawkeye. He’s been given a better backstory, better drive and has some of the best lines in the whole film. We can relate to him as the human glue of the team especially when he remarks how a human being firing arrows at robots on a floating city doesn’t make a lick of sense. Meanwhile, there’s a rather touching relationship between Black Widow and Hulk that manages to hit some unique levels of a complex romance. And most every character is given a brilliant moment to shine when they hallucinate visions of a doubtful past. The past battles they’ve fought are not forgotten and weigh heavy on their decisions to fight, forcing them to rethink their tactics. As Tony Stark states before the final battle, they can’t just win; they need to prove they’re right.

Age of Ultron doesn’t skimp on the action by any stretch of the imagination. Accompanying Ultron is an endless army of robot goons - easy fodder for large-scale action scenes giving every hero enough to hit, punch, shoot or blast. He also adopts some experimental superheroes for his offensive that include Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Several expected sequences are trotted out as when Iron Man and Hulk trade fists or when a train goes off the tracks, but they’re given enough playfulness and smarts to be engaging. For instance, I loved how the runaway train doesn’t involve any character trying to push it back from the front. It could’ve easily gone that way, but three of our heroes manage to keep damage to a minimum with some clever strategies. Even the Iron Man/Hulk duel has a desire to keep the destruction to a minimum, but still allows cars to fly and buildings shatter.

As much as I love this sequel, there are some undeniable faults. Most of these issues seem to either revolve around there not being enough time to encapsulate the atmosphere. There’s a lot more telling than showing for certain areas. At one point the heroes decide not to return to New York given their untrustworthy nature, but we don’t see much of any public anger. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch relate their tragic story of Stark Technologies destroying their family, but we are merely told this from the pair. Also, how many more villains are we going to have born from a past vendetta with Stark weapons seeing as how this has got to be the third or fourth instance? At this point there should be a Stark victim support group. And, wow, are the introductions of Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch ever rushed. The movie just seems so eager to get to the smashing and explosions that it doesn’t even allow these characters to catch up.

Avengers: Age of Ultron, despite being a messier movie to juggle, is still a major upgrade over the previous film. Those seeking action will get exactly what they came for. Those seeking more character development will be greatly surprised at the level of depth. Those seeking an all around fun summer movie will not be let down with a film that asks you keep a bit of your brain still turned on. Fans of the comics will be enthralled to see some new and favorite characters literally come to life on screen. Though I’ll bet a few will be turned off by Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch being a genetic experiment rather than the mutant children of X-Men villain Magneto. Even more of a turn off is that while Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen play siblings in this picture, they played a married couple in last year’s Godzilla reboot. You might want to turn your brain off for that analysis and just enjoy the amusing discussion about who is strong enough to lift Thor’s hammer.

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