Rating: PG-13 (intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, brief suggestive content)
Length: 130 minutes
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Directed by: Shane Black
Stars: 4 out of 5
When the superheroes of "The Avengers" finally saved the world from Loki and his army, they all split up and went their separate ways. "Iron Man 3" (read more about the characters here) picks up after the battle in New York City, with Tony Stark (Robert Downy, Jr.) back in his hilltop mansion, tinkering with his Iron Man suit. On the surface, things might seem fine to some, but Stark is definitely not fine. He has long, frequent lapses in concentration that are driving his girlfriend and business partner Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) crazy. He is clearly traumatized by what happened, but he has no real outlet to try and get it all out.
Unfortunately, he won't have time to really recover because forces are already in place to make his life miserable. The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) has plotted to kidnap and murder the President (William Sadler) among other nefarious plans. Meanwhile, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who works for offshoot AIM, plans to use a new program he helped develop called Extremis to heal amputees. The only problem is that if the patient's body rejects the Extremis treatments, they end up exploding as a human firebomb. Killian doesn't seem to care about the deaths, instead forging ahead with plans to use Extremis in a way that could threaten a lot more than just a few unwitting test subjects.
When Tony publically takes a stand against the Mandarin and calls him out, his mansion gets destroyed and he nearly drowns in the ocean. Taking advantage of his presumed-dead status, he lays low in a rural Tennessee town to get his bearings. What follows is a series of rescue missions that are a complete thrill to watch.