All action at the movies

2010-04-30 00:00

INDUSTRIALIST and master engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is back in the iron suit for Iron Man 2, the sequel to 2008’s hugely popular Iron Man.

The film, which opens at CineCentre in Pietermaritzburg today, is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, and picks up where the first film left off. Stark has just revealed to the world that he is Iron Man and within months is subpoenaed to a senate hearing when the powers-that-be demand he hand over his technology to the United States military.

Rival weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) and Lieutenant Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) are also called in to testify and show attempts to replicate the technology by other groups.

Stark refuses to hand over his secrets and later travels to Monaco where he is attacked by Russian engineer Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who has built a miniaturised arc reactor. Stark eventually subdues Vanko, but his opponent is later smuggled to the U.S. by Hammer, who offers him a role in perfecting his company’s suit technology.

So, will Stark and his allies Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Rhodes be able to stop Vanko and Hammer? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

Also opening at CineCentre this weekend is the Bollywood action thriller Prince starring Vivek Oberoi.

Produced by Tips Films, the film tells the story of a thief who commits the biggest heist of his life. When he wakes up the next morning, however, he has a gunshot wound on his arm and he doesn’t remember a thing.

In his quest to find answers he discovers that his name is Prince, that he used to work for a man named Sarang and that his girlfriend’s name is Maya. He is also being hunted by an Indian intelligence agency because only he knows the whereabouts of the heist, which contains a secret that is not only linked to his loss of memory but threatens the future of the human race.

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