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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Released:  Friday, May 1, 2015  
Length:  141 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: Avengers: Age of Ultron is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

This film contains a scene during or after the credits.

Synopsis

Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. 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 an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Review


While anyone who is a huge fan of the Marvel franchise would want to own Avengers: Age of Ultron, I'm not sure "regular folks" would be as interested.  The sequel to the 2012 blockbuster certainly made a great deal of money (just like its predecessor), but lacked the meatier storyline.  Coming to Blu-Ray and Digital HD the beginning of this month, Avengers: Age of Ultron is entertaining enough to warrant one watching, at least, though.

Once again, all of the Avengers unite to defeat a Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.; Ironman)/ Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo; Now You See Me) robot named Ultron (James Spader; Boston Legal) that was created to help bring world peace but has grown out of control and now wishes to destroy everything and everyone.  He also overtakes Jarvis/Vision (Paul Bettany; The Da Vinci Code) who must eventually fight his way back to aid in destroying Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron also brings the addition of new Avengers… Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson; Godzilla) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Godzilla), along with Vision, that ultimately lays the groundwork for cast changes in later editions of the Avengers franchise.  These new members bring a welcomed, fresh approach to the team that should help keep the next films in the series ever evolving.

Unfortunately, even with great cast and some well-choreographed fight scenes, Avengers: Age of Ultron lacks a solid script to keep the audience interested.  The rumor is that the studio didn't give director Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly) the freedom to make "his" movie, and the end result suffers because of it.  The CGI effects were somewhat cheesy and the action scenes lasted entirely too long.  Don't get me wrong, there are always things to like in a movie like this since it is Marvel's Avengers, after all, but it is a bit of a disappointment after the success of the first film.

Watching the movie in Digital HD was a pleasurable experience, though.  The picture and video quality are superb and every scene is enjoyable from a purely technical standpoint. 

The extras are what you would expect with this type of film, including a not so funny, three minute gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, a "making of" segment, an overview of the six elements and a look at all of the countries in which the cast and crew filmed.   While the features don't add much in the way of new information, they are a little entertaining and mildly interesting.

Sadly Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't live up to the original film, but for Marvel fans it is a solid effort with some good action sequences.  Watching it in Digital HD is a treat and I recommend it for any Avengers fan.  Grade: B-

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