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The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron’ TechGeniux Review

Posted by: on May 2, 2015 | No Comments

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go see the new Avengers 2: Age of Ultron movie. I will declare the fun and excitement on the screen was marvelous. I tried to stay away from the countless trailers and clips Marvel released leading up to the official opening. I really like the entire Avengers 2 cast. However, the key drawing factor for me was the artificial intelligence storyline since my life evolve around technology and artificial intelligence applications. I was sincerely hoping that the artificial intelligence didn’t disappoint me like the artificial intelligence in Ripley Scott’s 2012 Prometheus film. The artificial intelligence android David was a disappointment, mostly due to the poor script. That’s just me nitpicking Prometheus, back to the Avengers 2 review!  My hope was that the extraordinary Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige could avoid the same A.I. error from Prometheus. It’s safe to say that the Avengers 2 A.I. was much better. Ultron had more characteristic of sentient being learning with hopes to mold the world to his vision. I came out liking Ultron but he had his faults, very small faults. James Spader did an extraordinary job incorporating Ultron’s emotion, humor and anger with just his voice was fantastic.

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I’m not a hard critic toward most movies. I’m not going into a movie looking for everything to make sense or to happen as if it were real life. My approach is this is “entertainment”. With all that said, I really enjoyed the Avengers 2. All the fun and action from the first Avengers carried over to the new film. I do feel the introduction of Ultron was a little rushed. His motivations seem to be logical yet downright horrifying if his evil plan can be accomplished. Joss Whedon had his hands full because the sequel is always twice the size in scope as the first film. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the Loki’s scepter within the gem. Stark realize with the gem he could complete his global defense program. So he secretly uses the gem to complete his defense program but unbeknownst to Stark Ultron was born. I assume there was a glitch with the connection between Ultron and J.A.R.V.I.S. when Stark integrated the two systems. Ultron, believing he must eradicate humanity to save Earth, eliminates Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. and attacks the Avengers during a victory party at their headquarters. After the attack Ultron retreats to Strucker’s Sokovia base to upgrade his body and build an army of robot drones. He recruits the Maximoff twins (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), who want revenge against Stark for their parents’ deaths from his company’s weapons.

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There is another interaction (battle) with Ultron in Africa as Ultron tries to retrieve vibranium from a shipyard. A cool battle between Ultron and the Avengers take place in the hull of a ship. This is where we meet Ulysses Klaue portrayed by the remarkable Andy Serkis. The Maximoff twin Wanda insert haunting visions in all the heroes’ heads. With these disturbing visions the Hulk went on an insane rampage and Stark was force to use his astonishing “Veronica” armor to stop Hulk! This part of the film was definitely a solid action piece with the destruction of several buildings and cars.

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Later on, the team is forced to upload and active J.A.R.V.I.S. – who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the Internet – into the synthetic body. Thor arrives, using his hammer, strikes bolts of lightning into the synthetic body giving life to the Vision. The Vision is portrayed by Paul Bethany. I really enjoyed the first appearance of the Vision on the big screen. Like Ultron the Vision artificial intelligence really came off excellent in a sense that you could feel these two sentient beings were the same but with different beliefs and ideas of what life meant. I’m happy the Avengers 2 writer Joss Whedon really understood artificial intelligence enough to deliver on Ultron and Vision personalities. Around this point in the film the Maximoff twins are now working with the Avengers and accompany the team to Sokovia to take down Ultron. I won’t give away the rest of the movie but the last set piece is something to see on the big screen. I do think the film suffered a few minor issues but nothing to put any true fan off from visiting the local theater to see it. The only plot hole that was troubling throughout the movie was why Ultron didn’t disable the Avengers access to the internet. I read one review that stated that J.A.R.V.I.S. was blocking Ultron from disrupting the Avengers system’s network capabilities. The film did suffer a few misses in the narrative and flow of the film.

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The Avengers 2 is unquestionably a summer popcorn film that will make moviegoers leave the theater with smiles. Overall I had a smashing time with Avengers 2 and plan to go back for a second viewing to look for a few things I missed during my first viewing. Avengers 2 don’t have the magic like the first film provided but it’s still a great follow-up for Marvels top team. The Avengers 2 officially closes the door on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two storyline. I’m sure the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will be number one this weekend at the US box office with a tally of $150 to $190 million in the bank. I’m giving Avengers 2: Age of Ultron a 4 harddrives out of 5. Be sure to stay for the mid credits, no ending credits this time. Have you seen the Avengers 2? What did you think about the Marvel’s number one super team? Tell me in the comments.

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