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More like Tin Man,
This review is from: Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Rise of the Technovore is the story of the launch of Stark's all-seeing satellite called Howard. During the launch, the site is attacked by the Raiders under the control of the Technovore. With the satellite launched the Technovore plans to take over all systems and erase humanity, which he sees as inferior, from the face of the planet. Only one man has the technology to stop him - enter Iron Man.
Well, where to begin with this mess? I am a big fan of Iron Man and had looked forward to this but was sorely disappointed, the voice acting and animation is laughable, the dialogue is campy and there are far too many scenes where it is just a diagonal perspective shot of the character whilst the scenery flies past in an unintelligible blur behind. In fact the first fifteen minutes of the film are just this exact set-up alternating between Iron Man and War Machine having a race whilst they wreck the Grand Canyon with missiles and repulsor rays whilst 80's style guitar solos wail in the background - in this universe all canyons must be the exact width of a S.H.I.E.L.D. interceptor throughout their entire length with no vertical variation to the floor. When the bad guys show up, in typical Japanese stylings (thank you director Hiroshi Hamazaki-san) Iron Man proceeds to practically nuke the entire satellite base defeating them then proceeds to launch the rocket anyhow...right. What's more nonsensical is that the Technovore even bothered attacking the launch-facility as he secretly wanted Stark to launch Howard anyhow, why did he even bother showing up?!?!
Nick Fury sends literally everything he has at Iron Man to capture him, all the while saying he doesn't want to hurt Tony whilst blowing up buildings on top of him and shooting him with lasers, they even attack him at his luxury Roman-styled villa which has about 8 billion Pantheonic columns for the Man-droids to smash through at opportune moments.
Technovore is a moody adolescent teen with incredible armour & powers that have a one-line explanation and are wrapped up just as quickly, the final boss fight is just laughable, at one point it turns into a massive ball of suspicious-looking white goo perched atop a skyscraper... So many times I thought I would just turn this off and save myself the agony of watching the Iron Man franchise get abused so badly - then The Punisher shows up and it makes things tolerable for five minutes, then he's gone and we're back to ridiculous flight scenes, lasers and blurred scenery to hair-metal guitar solos.
Extra Content: Tale of Technovore Featurette: Explores the animation, story and the adaptation of Marvel characters for the anime film. S.H.I.E.L.D.: Protecting the Marvel Universe Featurette: Gives viewers an all-access look and brief history into the organization as portrayed in the comics and adapted in the film and a Blu-ray exclusive conceptual Art Gallery: An interactive art gallery featuring the conceptual art produced by Madhouse for the film. There is also a digital copy of the film - with Ultraviolet codings (UV is a digital locker for your media, you have to register an account and upload your unique product code, but then you can stream it or download it anywhere on the planet on any medium).
It's so poorly explained that it barely holds together as a coherent story, it relies on extended scenes of Iron Man flying around to pad out the stilted-dialogue and at no point is it even barely interesting. A disappointing addition to the Iron Man story. Avoid.