Ant-Man (12A)

Armed with the new-found ability to shrink to the size of an ant, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must harness his inner-hero to save the world from its biggest threat to date…

Scott Lang is a martyr to his cause. In a bid to take down the big corporations the cat-burglar used high-tech tricks to steal from the rich and give back to the poor. But as with all half-baked criminals he got caught and the modern day Robin Hood was incarcerated for his beliefs.

After being released from prison Scott becomes embroiled in a plot to thwart an evil megalomaniac’s plan to control the human race. If he fails it could mean the end of civilisation as we know it.

He is enlisted to help Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) harness and then protect the secrets that are weaved into the billionaire’s Ant-Man suit. To the naked eye it’s just another lame super hero, but slip this bad boy on and you’re reduced down to the size of an ant.

Hank created the Ant-Man suit as a way to gain an advantage against those threatening war. But his commitment to the cause stripped him of his wife and then eventually the relationship with his daughter. Can he trust Hope to help him overthrow Darren before he reveals the secret behind the Ant-man suit?

Thanks to his vocation Scott doesn’t have a great family life either. His time in prison was hard on him, made even worse by the fact that his ex-wife and his daughter shacked up with a cop. Hank is offering him the chance to become the hero his daughter believes he is.

Like any good superhero Scott needs a strong team behind him, in addition to Hank and his frosty daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) he has an army of ants all ready to do battle.

Frank’s former protégé and Hope’s current squeeze, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) has set his sights on uncovering the secrets behind the Ant-Man myths that his master always denied him. But with what Darren has in mind threatens to bring the world to its knees.

Scott and his team train tirelessly to pull of the unbelievable heist to save the word. They can only watch as the evil megalomaniac attempts and fails again, and again to shrink live subjects to the size of an ant. It becomes clear that Darren will go to any odds to complete the so-called ‘Yellowjacket’ project, ethical or not.

Scott must overcome the unstable and power-crazed villain before it’s too late. Only Ant-Man has the capacity to defeat Yellowjacket. No matter the cost, good must prevail.

Just like our protagonist, my interest disappeared without a trace about ten minutes into the movie, leaving me with one hour and 47 minutes to daydream and mentally making my to-do list, including writing this catastrophe up.

The acting is wooden and clunky, and the storyline is riddled with tiny ant-sized holes, leaving it barely holding together. Evangeline Lilly didn’t really need to turn up; a mannequin with a bad bob wig could have done better. The only on-screen chemistry involves the materials used in the heist.

There’s a nod to Iron Man and the rest of The Avengers in the movie but it backfires and just affirms how bad Ant-Man is in comparison.

Rather than asking what’s good about it, you’d be better off asking what didn’t totally suck. I wouldn’t make the special effort to see this in 3-D; it only adds another layer of disappointment.

Poor job Marvel, poor job.

By Ruth Walker
★★☆☆☆

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