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Impressively Iron Man 3 Triumphs, Eliminating Evil!

Ramesh C. Reddy
Iron Man 3
Marvel Studios (2013)
Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
PG-13 for violence
140 mins USA/English

Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark/Iron Man
Guy Pearce Aldrich Killian
Don Cheadle James Rhodes/War Machine
Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts
Rebecca Hall Maya Hansen
Paul Bettany Jarvis
Ben Kingsley The Mandarin
Jon Favreau Happy Hogan
William Sadler Sal Kennedy
Stephanie Szostak Janet Van Dyne
James Badge Dale Eric Savin
Stan Lee Stan the Man
Yvonne Zima Miss Elkridge
Dale Dickey Mrs. Davis
Ty Simpkins Harley
Director Shane Black
Producer Dan Mintz
Jon Favreau
Writer Jack Kirby
Shane Black
Cinematography John Toll
Musician Brian Tyler

Plot Sypnosis:
‘Iron Man 3’ is an action-packed adventure from start to finish about a terrorist named Mandarin who tries to put the world, including the United States, on their knees by coordinating bombings all over the world without a warning. It is up to Iron Man and his sidekick Patriot to stop these bombings and bring the Mandarin on his knees.

Plot Review:
‘Iron Man 3’ is a well written script that puts Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 2 to shame when you compare the action involved in 3 to both 1 & 2 combined. It is a movie worth watching over and over again if you like non-stop action adventure with a bit of mystery and thriller involved.

Content Review:
‘Iron Man 3’ is filled with fiery violence and addresses issues such as sexual immorality, betrayal, morality, terrorism, heaven and hell, the soul, what it means to make demons, greed, selflessness, teamwork, sacrifice, and love.

What I liked about the movie! (Spoiler Alert)

1.    Spoiler Alert I:

         I liked it when Iron Man said ‘We make our own demons!’

When Iron Man spoke about making our own demons, he was referring to the evil that human beings are capable of because of their actions that come from demons. Our evil actions can make us side with the demons if we are not careful. I loved it that the movie addressed the issue of demons.


This reminded me of the Bible verses:

“The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” (Genesis 6:5, NLT)

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9, NLT)


"For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44, NLT)


"Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons." (1 Timothy 4:1, NLT)


 Spoiler Alert II:

2.   I liked it when Iron Man faced evil head on without thinking to himself ‘Let others take care of it!’


This reminded me of what Queen Esther had to do when the Jewish people faced annihilation. At first she did not want to do anything because she was scared until Mordecai convinced her with the Word of God.


“Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14, NLT)


“Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;     save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.” (Proverbs 24:11-12, NLT)


3.   Spoiler Alert III:

       I liked it how Happy did his job so diligently even if it put him in arms way with evil because he  cared for his friends. Also, I loved how a young boy came to the rescue of Iron Man.


This reminded me of the Bible verse:

 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Philippians 2:4, NLT)

 Spoiler Alert IV:

4.     I liked how Iron Man tried to protect his girlfriend Pepper from evil’s danger and eventually gave up something very important because of his love for Pepper.

This reminded of the Bible verse:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.“ Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NLT)

 Spoiler Alert V:

5.     I liked how Iron Man had to sacrifice being with the love of his life to conquer evil so humanity can be saved from destruction.


This reminded me of the Bible verse:

 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Philippians 2:4, NLT)


“Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;     save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.” (Proverbs 24:11-12, NLT)


6.    Spoiler Alert VI:

       I liked how Iron Man spoke about Heaven and Hell to a little boy.


This reminded me of the Bible verses:

“After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise the Lord! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.” (Revelation 19:1, NLT)

“For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.” (2 Peter 2:4, NLT)


7.   Spoiler Alert VII:

      I loved it how Iron Man expressed to a woman how far she had fallen after 13 years from being an idealistic moral woman to a woman who basically sold her soul to the devil to make extra money. Even if he were to die, he would still have his soul.


This reminded me of the Bible verses:

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NLT)


For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)


8.   Spoiler Alert VIII:

       I loved how Iron Man’s words pierced the woman’s heart that she was willing to repent and sacrifice her life to save Iron Man with whom she was friends with.


This reminded me of the Bible verse:

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13, NLT) 


9.   Spoiler Alert IX:

       I loved how Iron Man focused extensively on teamwork in this movie and how much being part of a team helped him accomplish the mission.


This reminded me of the Bible verses:

"Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good.  You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.  If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied." (Exodus 18:17-18, 21-23, NIV)

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.  Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit…. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.(1 Corinthians 12:13-14, 25)


What I did not like about the movie: SPOILER ALERT

1.   Spoiler Alert X:  

       I did not like how callous and inappropriate it was to show two people sleeping together without even being married. It is as if the director endorsed this kind of behavior. This is not Biblical at all.


This reminded me of the Bible verse:

"But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians 6:13a - 20, NLT)

2.   Spoiler Alert XI:  

       I did not like that they showed how helpless Iron Man was when he had anxiety attacks. I realized we all can be anxious about things but how we handle them determines the course of our life.


This reminded me of the Bible verses:


Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)


“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

 Questions to Ponder:

1.   What character do you identify with the most in this movie, why or why not?

2.   What character does your identification match from the Bible, why or why not?

3.   On what basis did Iron Man use ‘Go to Heaven, Go to Hell’? Who do you think should go to Heaven or Hell, why or why not? How is your response measure with what the Bible says regarding Heaven and Hell?

4.   Do you agree with the statement that ‘We make our own demons?’, why or why not? What does the Bible have to say regarding demons?

5.   What does it mean to give up your soul and what would you give up your soul for, why or why not? What does the Bible have to say about the soul?\

6.  In life, how do you like to solve problems that come your way? How is it similar or different from how Iron Man handled problems? What does the Bible say about solving problems that come our way?

7.   What were the dangers of the love of money that we saw in the movie and how does it compare with what has happened in your own life? What does the Bible say regarding the love of money?

8.   What does it mean to love for you and how is it similar or different from how love is displayed in the movie and what the Bible says about love?

9.    How do you handle anxiety in your life?

10.  What did Iron Man do when evil came his way? What is the only way to handle evil in your life according to the Bible?

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