Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of...more
Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil. less
“A pint sized superhero that packs a full sized punch! ”
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The first time, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) dons the Ant-Man suit, he is racing against a sheet of water in a bath-tub, which given his diminutive size feels like an all-encompassing tidal wave. That whole sequence of something as tiny as an ant, swept through carpets, falling through vents and sucked through vacuum cleaners is a refreshing change from the world of big - Transformers, dinosaurs, etc. Ant-Man is a super-hero of his own right. He is not massive. Instead, he is resilient, smart and most importantly resourceful. Interestingly, the movie is not about someone who turns into an ant. It is about someone who like an ant, is not big, more of a loser in real life, but with some push has the brains and the courage to make big things happen.
Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) played brilliantly by the veteran actor has stumbled upon the right formula that can shrink the atomic structures without changing their basic nature, only making them denser and stronger. That combined with the ability of shrinking and growin back to size at the push of a button all embedded in a smart-suit, makes the Ant-Man extremely powerful. Here comes the important point - unlike other narcissistic super heroes,the Ant Man isn't someone who does it all himself. He is nothing without his associates. Who are they? A variety of ants including Bullet Ants, Crazy Ants and Architect Ants that help the Ant-Man fly by giving it lifts, build structures, fire micro-chips and circuits, crash data servers and float like a raft over a pile of ants through a sewer pipe to bypass the tighest of air-tight security and virtually reach anywhere.
Yes, the communication bit, where the Ant-Man is trained by Hank and his estranged daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly, remember The Hobbit) to focus and communicate with the ants by manipulating their olfactory nerves, is a little dicey. Once you get over that, they are almost cute, demonstrating the abilities they can summon and the joys of team work. The scene where Hank makes ants bring sugar cubes and drop them into a cup of tea is adorable.
Ant-Man though, has one amazing plus over most other super-hero movies. The mission is not military warfare. The mission is not fighting an alien object. The mission is to fight greed. Darren Cross (Yellow Jacket) has created his own prototype of the Ant-Man after being mentored for years by Dr. Hank, repaying that faith by colluding with the latter's daughter and evicting him from his own company. But where Hank lets go of his project's commercially meteoric potential, Cross was more a practical man, ambitious even. So, the Ant-Man, Scott, who is a man desperately in need of a fresh beginning, a man who like his wife observed, runs to a crime, at the first sight of trouble in life, as a possible solution, but a man who is smart and knows a workaround in the toughest of situations and a man who would die for his ultra-cute daugther, has a chance at redemption - to destroy Yellow Jacket and the data, which could let the world get its hands over a very destructive technology. That Dr. Hank trusted people to misuse it makes him a cynic but that he saw Scott as someone who could don the responsibility is a little vaguely explained.
Peyton Reed hasn't made a super-hero movie in the past and is more accredited with social romantic dramas and it shows up in the way he handles his characters - normal human beings, with flaws, whether it is mistrust, ego or love. The writing is crisp and witty. The enlarged toy train and the fight between two Ant-Men prototypes that looked scary from a diminutive size but a joke compared to a toy train watched by a kid puts a lot of things into perspective. You might never be able to look at ants without fascination after you've seen the movie and that is a point proven. The Ant-Man, with VFX provided by more than four different studios, is a joy for most movie-watchers. It is not your usual super-hero movie. It is just a little crisper, smaller and dare I say, smarter!