'Avengers: Age of Ultron' turns Marvel superheroics up to 11Earth's Mightiest Heroes are back in eye-popping action, and the cinematic spectacle is off the scale, says CNET's Rich Trenholm.
Earth's mightiest heroes are back, and this time they face an enemy of their own making. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man Tony Stark builds the artificial intelligence Ultron to guarantee peace, only for the newly formed AI to decide it'd rather wipe out the entire human race instead. Oops. I'm glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan. Queue Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Incredible Hulk, and a vast cast of their Marvel mates doing what they do best. Never taking their foots off the break. For two hours of futuristic technology globe spanning adventuring and city-smashing carnage. The sound and visual dialed up to 11 the whole way. Director Joss Whedon anchors his assault on the senses with moments of human drama and plenty of jokes, but with so many characters and so much accelerating action, there's almost too much going on. Ideas about drones, artificial intelligence, and the misuse of technology fly past too fast to digest. Meanwhile Ultron is a charismatic villan, at least so menacing that a CGI robot can be. Well, these are small quibbles from a movie that doesn't do small. From it's writer's one shot opening scene to it's next level epic conclusion, Avengers Age of Ultron ups the ante on cinematic spectacle. I'm Rich Trenholm, look out for more superhero [UNKNOWN] on your super powered cNet.