AVENGERS ASSEMBLED: The big names from the 2012 original return along with a few new faces in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Photo courtesy Marvel Studios.
AVENGERS ASSEMBLED: The big names from the 2012 original return along with a few new faces in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Photo courtesy Marvel Studios. Marvel

Avengers: Age of Ultron fails to live up to original

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Rating: 5/10

IT'S almost impossible not to enjoy this superhero sequel.

With witty dialogue, crazy action and insane special effects there isn't a minute where anyone in the audience can really feel bored.

But compared to the 2012 original, this big budget sequel falls a little bit short.

Following in from the previous film, the Avengers team is chasing the alien sceptre that Loki left behind during his invasion of Earth.

Instead of destroying the sceptre, Tony Stark decides to use it to create an artificial intelligence to create a peaceful robot army.

But if anyone has watched any movie with artificial intelligence from Terminator to the Matrix they will know what happens next.

Once created the A.I., called Ultron, decides the best way to bring peace to Earth is to destroy the human race.

Watching the Avengers fight an army of Ultron- controlled robots (voiced by James Spader) falls short of Tom Hiddleston's Loki and the proceedings quickly turn into mindless action similar to a Transformers film.

Part of the problem is that with so many characters, including a few new villains and Avenger members, no single character gets more than a few minutes of focus.

Director Joss Whedon is good at bringing the one liners with humorous banter between the colourful cast of superpowered characters.

But he doesn't quite bring anything original to the film.

By the time the film culminates in a battle in a floating city you feel you have seen it all before.

Age of Ultron is still an enjoyable movie, but doesn't quite live up to what came before it.

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