Iron Man: Rise of Technovore

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Animated Iron Man adventure is convoluted and violent.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 88 minutes

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Positive Messages

Iron Man risks his life to save the lives of mankind, and he teams up with others for help. Also, somewhere in this muddled mess is a message about how important the love of a father can be in shaping a child's values. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tony Stark/Iron Man is a wisecracker with an attitude (and also, it's implied, a drinker and a womanizer), but when it comes down to the wire, he really steps up and does the right thing. He sets aside his personal desires for the betterment of all.


The movie features fairly strong comic book violence, with lots of fighting, shooting, explosions, and threats of taking over the world. One main character appears to die. (He is shown with shards of glass sticking out of his face.) The villain's arm is severed, with no blood shown. A character is stabbed in the chest during the final showdown. The bad guy evolves into a scary monster.


Pepper Potts is shown in a bikini. She and Tony Stark flirt a little from time to time and kiss at the end.


Language includes two uses of "s--t," and two uses of "bastard," in addition to uses of "damn," "hell," and "crap." "For God's sake" is also used.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It is mentioned jokingly that Tony Stark may have been drinking too much the night before, but nothing is shown, and nothing comes of this remark.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Iron Man: Rise of Technovore is a direct-to-video animated superhero film, linked to the theatrical release of Iron Man 3. It is filled with cartoon violence, fighting, shooting, chasing, explosions, and attempts to take over the world. Language includes a couple of uses of "s--t" and "bastard." And Iron Man shares a kiss with his girlfriend, Pepper Potts, who is shown in a bikini. There are also jokes about Tony Stark's drinking and womanizing. The video was produced in Japan, and Japanese is the default language on the DVD; U.S. viewers who wish to view the film in English must choose it from the menu. The DVD also contains trailers at startup for more violent video games and movies.

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Kid, 8 years old May 23, 2015
Kid, 11 years old July 30, 2014

Best animated movie ever

It is really good, and deserves better reviews. There is one scene of blood (I think ) when the punisher comes in. A good amount of swearing, but still moderate...

What's the story?

Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (voiced by Matthew Mercer), faces one of his greatest challenges: Ezekiel Stane (son of Obadiah) has developed a frightening new kind of nanotechnology that gives him the power to freeze Iron Man's armor; he also wishes to use it to take over the world. During a massive surprise attack, Iron Man's best friend Rhody appears to have been killed. At the same time, Iron Man is in trouble with S.H.I.E.L.D., and his colleagues Hawkeye and Black Widow are out to catch him and bring him in. But he receives help from a most unexpected place: the vigilante hero The Punisher (voiced by Norman Reedus). Can Iron Man save the world?

Is it any good?

IRON MAN: RISE OF TECHNOVORE was produced in Japan and plays more like a violent, complex anime than a standard American superhero movie. Director Hiroshi Hamazaki was a veteran animator on well-known classics like Ninja Scroll, Metropolis, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Unfortunately, the hybrid really doesn't work.

The filmmakers vainly attempt to re-capture some of the character banter from the live-action Iron Man movies, but can't re-create the energy and chemistry of Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, etc. Moreover, the plot is highly convoluted. When the characters aren't attempting to make wisecracks or trying to explain the plot to each other, the movie focuses on explosive battle sequences. The finale has Iron Man facing a giant, mutated villain, struggling to find logical ways to attack. Sadly, it barely makes sense.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does it affect you? Is it thrilling? Is it too much? Does it always advance the story?

  • Does Iron Man set up impossible standards for men's body image? Do you think boys are as affected by images of masculinity and unrealistic male bodies as women are of female versions?

  • Is it considered heroic for Iron Man to ask for help from others? Do superheroes usually need help to succeed? What about regular people?

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