A high tech industrialist inventor (Robert Downey Jr.) is kidnapped by Afghanistan terrorists. In order to facilitate an escape, he builds a high tech suit of armor which he will later perfect and he will become known as Iron Man. Directed by Jon Favreau, this is good example of a superhero comic book movie. You can leave your brain on cruise control because you won't need it. I definitely wouldn't want a steady diet of this junk (and I call it junk affectionately) anymore than I would want a steady diet of cotton candy but every once in awhile, that sweet tooth must be satisfied. The script is pretty shallow but luckily, we have Robert Downey Jr., an excellent actor, who is able bring enough gravitas to the part so that it becomes easy to suspend disbelief. The same can be said of Jeff Bridges as the heavy and Gwyneth Paltrow as Downey's personal secretary. It's good enough that even non Marvel addicts can appreciate its style and wit and the action sequences are wonderfully done. Two years later, IRON MAN 2 would arrive and while it was fine too, it just wasn't as good. With Terrence Howard, Shaun Taub, Leslie Bibb, Clark Gregg, Faran Tahir and Samuel L. Jackson.