FRI­DAY AVENGERS: AGE OF UL­TRON

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE, 10.10PM ★★ ★

This block­buster se­quel falls slightly short of its pre­de­ces­sor in ev­ery depart­ment. While it couldn’t be la­belled a dis­ap­point­ment, this sprawl­ing ac­tion epic marks a dis­tinct down­grade from the high stan­dards set by the first in­stal­ment. The story cen­tres on a new

en­emy named Ul­tron, a mech­a­nised vil­lain pow­ered by an ar­tifi cial in­tel­li­gence that rea­sons mankind should be wiped from the planet. The fact that Ul­tron is a com­puter- ren­dered bad- guy does un­der­cut the in­tended im­pact here. In most bat­tle se­quences, you could be for­given for think­ing you’re watch­ing a pre­view of the next Trans­form­ers movie. There­fore, the scenes where iconic Marvel su­per­heroes such as Iron Man ( Robert Downey Jr), Cap­tain Amer­ica ( Chris Evans) and Thor ( Chris Hemsworth) dom­i­nate must be cher­ished. Co- stars Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Mark Ruff alo and Jeremy Ren­ner.

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