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'Iron Man 3' One Big Scene: Uh, Mr. President? There's a Hole in Your Plane

One Big Scene is a weekly column dedicated to spectacular visual sequences we’re recommending you see in the theater. If you have ones you’d like us to write about, let us know in the comments section.
 
Iron Man 3 officially launches the summer blockbuster season … which means it’s Christmas time for the One Big Scene column. Why? Because every week for the next four months, we should have massive movie scenes to share with you guys, giving you reasons to hit the theaters virtually every weekend. 
 
Coincidentally, Iron Man 3 has three enormous, effects-laden scenes that will have superhero fans salivating. But first, let’s see how director Shane Black’s sequel fared with critics.
 
What Critics are Saying:
Iron Man 3 is one of the best entries in this modern golden age of superhero movies.”
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
 
Iron Man 3 is an ominously exciting, shoot-the-works comic-book spectacular.”
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
 
“Black largely acquits himself well, keeping the pace brisk, deploying a couple of modest surprises and staging a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces.”
Scott Foundas, Variety
 
The Scene:
I wanted to go with the stunning conclusion of Iron Man 3, but in order to write about it in the column, it would require me to share too many important details about who is battling with whom, and I’d much rather you discover those treasures for yourself. 
 
Thankfully, the aerial rescue outside of a damaged Air Force One is equally worthy of the One Big Scene treatment, because it is spectacular. You’ve seen it hinted at in trailers, most notably the Super Bowl spot that ran for Iron Man 3 back in February. An Extremis soldier attacking the President of the United States rips a whole in the side of Air Force One, and passengers are flying out at 18,000 feet (give or take). Stark learns from Jarvis how many innocent victims are floating in the ether. Then he learns he can only carry four of them. 
 
What’s a metallic hero to do? 
 
Black strategically places his camera in Iron Man’s helmet, giving audience members the sensation of freefall as we creep to the edges of our seats and pray he’s able to rescue at least a few of the falling bodies. My favorite shot is featured above, where Black shows the president’s plane exploding over Iron Man’s shoulder. 
 
The whole scene, from start to finish, is a hold-your-breath action sequence. We have a small sample of it below. It’s this week’s One Big Scene … and it’s one of many in Black’s exciting sequel. 
 

 
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