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In the outlandish dark comedy SUPER, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson
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Offers genuine empathy with the put-upon protagonist's longing for justice, yet plays the bloody ramifications for cartoonish fun.
This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy.
A sense of style can make up for a lot at the movies. But James Gunn's brutal new comedy-thriller, "Super," succeeds only in demonstrating that without it, you may not have much of anything.
Could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.
The graphic violence spatters along for an hour and a half until we reach that point when writer-director James Gunn says, "That's all I've got" and basically gives up.
[Not] an easily digestible movie but this is ... the point - in a world where everything isn't as cut and dry as 'good versus evil', rationality is increasingly rare.
Super is the sudden kick in the crotch this summer of square-jawed superheroes never knew it needed.
I will say this of Super: it commits to its premise far better than Kick-Ass; if you thought the latter was violent, you haven't seen Rainn Wilson cracking someone's head repeatedly on a rock. But at least Kick-Ass was fun.
Super is a film infused with that impossibly compelling mix of deeply empathic insights, disturbingly-visualised violence and goodwill-rousing positive energy.
Both [Super & Kick-Ass] feature ... crazy vigilantes ... but whereas Kick-Ass disguised its unsettling subtext beneath a hip and stylish surface, the scuzzy, low-budget Super forces the viewer to confront its disturbing side head on.
Not simple knockabout fun ... and therein lies both the attraction and the challenge.
Where it completely fails is when the in-your-face amorality is contextualised with an icky epilogue which tries to justify what came before as some kind of "spiritual journey". It doesn't convince.
Ellen Page, who has a manic energy here that she's not shown before... Her too-brief time on screen energizes the film
This disastrously unfunny superhero spoof features a grating performance from Juno star Ellen Page, a vapid leading man in Rainn Wilson and an idiotic mix of humour and violence.
An atonal mix of knockabout humour and out-of-nowhere violence that's so utterly wrong, it might actually challenge The Day The Clown Cried, Jerry Lewis's unfinished and unreleased 1972 Holocaust comedy.
- Frank: You don't butt in line! You don't sell drugs! You don't molest little children! You don't profit on the misery of others! The rules were set a long time ago! They don't change!
- Boltie: It's called internal bleeding, f***er! Then you die! Ha ha ha!
- Frank: People look stupid when they cry.
- The Holy Avenger: All it takes to be a superhero is the choice to fight evil.
- Frank/Crimson Bolt: SHUT UP, CRIME!
- Boltie: It's all gushy!
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