Struggling with Sin
Is it wrong to watch movies or listen to music with sinful elements in them?
Are all things achievable through technology?
Tony Stark has it all. Money, women, fast cars, and popularity. He’s on the front cover of every magazine and the lead story of every news program. Crowds of people swarm together just to get a chance to see him. On top of all that, his new invention has everyone excited. So excited that it looks like he may have brought about world peace. Tony Stark is Iron Man, the armored avenger. So what could possibly go wrong?
On the surface, everything is fine. But behind the scenes, not all is well. The government are insistent that he hand over the Iron Man technology to the military. The arc reactor in his chest that saved his life in the first movie is now slowly poisoning him to death. And a figure from Tony’s past is seeking vengeance for what has been denied to him. Cue tension and character development that will be resolved with explosions. Ahh, explosions. Is there anything you can’t do?
The original Iron Man movie was a surprise hit. There was a great balance between action and character development. And it didn’t hurt at all that the film was incredibly well cast with some amazing chemistry between the leads. Iron Man 2, however, doesn’t quite pull this off. Yes, there are some great action scenes. These scenes are a definite step up from the first movie. But in trying to do too much in this sequel, character development suffers.
Technology is central to Iron Man 2. Without technology you couldn’t have Iron Man. He’s the pinnacle of our human inventiveness. In IM2 it is technology that can solve all our problems. Technology brings world peace. Salvation from our problems comes through our commitment to our brains and to our hard work. And you know what? I think we believe this.
We believe that if we just work hard enough, we can build the perfect world. But technology can fail. Technology is not our saviour. Because our biggest problem is that we live in a broken relationship with our creator. Fixing the problem between us and God is not achievable through technology. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the real solution to our biggest problem.
Are you looking for a movie with some brilliant action sequences and a sense of humour? Iron Man 2, despite it’s faults, delivers these things. While I wish it had been a better movie, it’s still a fun ride.
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