“Marvel’s The Avengers,” the third-highest grossing movie of all time, now has its sequel, the certain megahit movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” And like the previous Marvel comic book movies (notably “Thor”), “Age of Ultron” is not afraid to toy with major worldview and theological themes, but is nonetheless aiming to create a values-affirming, family-friendly (except for the rampant, comic book violence) film. This episode of the superheroes’ efforts to save humanity from destruction pits them against Ultron, an artificial intelligence computer program created to “ensure peace,” a goal Ultron determines can only be achieved by the mass extinction of the human race and the evolutionary rise of a new dominant species – hopefully one that won’t be so prone to wickedness and war.
Valuing peace over human life, and twisting both evolution and biblical themes together to justify its homicidal agenda, Ultron is one seriously dangerous and seriously blasphemous dude. The movie itself has summer blockbuster written all over it, with brightly colored, cool costumes, comic book characters, a giant cast of stars, special effects that will make your head spin and more action than you’d think could possibly be crammed into its 142 minutes.Of course, all that action is one of the major flaws of this film. While the superheroes still engage in some of the witty banter and clever dialogue that made the first “Avengers” such an unusually well-developed blockbuster, “Ultron” has so many fight scenes, so much action to choreograph, the script and meaningful character development get crowded out. FULL REPORT