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Iron Man 3 Blu-ray review

‘Iron Man 3' has a 1980s action feel wrapped in a modern superhero wrapper.
by Matthew Price Published: September 27, 2013

‘Iron Man 3' (Blu-ray)

The third film in the “Iron Man” trilogy deals with the fallout from “Marvel's The Avengers,” as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) comes to terms with that and other issues in his past.

The film starts on New Year's Eve 1999, as a pre-Iron Man Tony Stark blows off nerdy scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) in order to put the moves on botanist Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall). Stark is egotistical and dismissive but doesn't see any reason this is a problem. But 14 years later, Killian makes a visit to Stark Enterprises to pitch a new technology called Extremis to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Extremis can alter the internal systems of any organism, which Pepper finds to be an ethical shortcut.

Stark gets pulled into world affairs when a bombing injures Stark security chief Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). A terrorist called the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) claims credit, and Stark ally James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is given a star-spangled armor called Iron Patriot to track down the villain. But that's not enough for Stark, who calls out the Mandarin on national TV. This doesn't end up being the smartest of moves, and by mid-movie, Stark is defeated, abandoned, and without his suit of armor.

Without his protective shell, both literally and metaphorically, Stark must figure out the mysteries of the Mandarin and Extremis, while dealing with the effects of the events of the past year. One unlikely ally is Harley (Ty Keener), a boy in Tennessee with a talent for tech and a precocious attitude.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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