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Movie Review: Ant Man

Paul Rudd as Ant Man

Paul Rudd as Ant Man

By Anton Massopust III

“Be the hero your daughter believes you are. I need you to be the Ant-Man.”

For those who are unfamiliar with the comic book character Ant-Man, he is Hank Pym, a brilliant scientist and one of the founding members of the Avengers. Thru the use of a special suit he can shrink to one inch in height and communicate with and control ants. In the movie version, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) created the Ant-Man suit many years ago but shelved it over fears of how it could be misused by others. Faced with the possibility of the suit and its technology being discovered by his protégé, he decides he must stop the research and to do so he enlists the aid of Scott Lang. If they don’t stop him, the technology will be sold off to some very bad people. Lang, is a hacker and thief. He is the perfect person to use the Ant-Suit to break in and steal or destroy the research being done. With the help of his daughter, Grace, Pym recruits and trains Lang in how to use the suit. With the help of Lang’s criminal friends, they formulate a plan to break in and prevent the sale of the technology.

Did I like Ant-Man? Yes. As one of my friends observed, this isn’t a superhero movie. It’s a heist caper with superpowers. Think Oceans 11 meets Avengers. The cast does an excellent job with Douglas as the aging Hank Pym, and Paul Rudd playing the low key Scott Lang with a perfect combination of wit and sardonic humor. There are some cameos by some Avengers and not one but two post credit scenes. The special effects are well done and the plot moves along briskly. Ant-Man is a fine addition the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s well worth your $10.

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