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November 16, 2016
Makes you root for the hero of the story in a different way than most modern day superhero movies.
September 9, 2016
At times funny, at times sweet. But this one fizzles out pretty quick. Not exactly a must-watch.
July 19, 2016
I Loved the movie
Extremely Underated
½ June 5, 2016
110522: The preview made this film look like a comedy but I'd call it a drama with some laughs. Sadly, the ending is predictable with Defendor only wanting to help the world but the criminal world acting appropriately towards Defendor. Liked it as the little guy at least attempts to fight injustice.

Preceded Kick Ass.
½ April 25, 2016
Not as nice as I thought but was barely passable. Woody Harrelson is a slow thinking person who is a vigilante super hero Defendor. He want to find Captain Industry and bring him to justice. Elias Koteas a crook cop is having business with prostitute Kat Dennings when Woody beat him up. Later the thugs found him and beat Woody badly and save by Kat. She want to hide in her home and after knowing who he want to find, she bluff him saying she know who is Captain Industry. Gathering all the clues he find police captain Clark Johnson but everyone just treat him as maniac. Knowing Kat's father abuse her, one day he just chuck him into a bin and been prosecuted. Sandra Oh interview him and find him unsuitable for jail. Woody has jeopardize a police undercover ops and cause death of the cops. Woody want to find Captain Industry is because his mum is killed by drugs. His only friend Michael Kelly has to take him home as his guardian. Woody is waiting for the right time as he remember the deal date. Kat returns and is caught. She is use as leverage to prevent Woody from exposing. Kat took Elias gun and shoot his balls. Woody was about to save her and she ran out. He still want to find the baddie and Kat tells him he can never win. Woody tells the captain and off he goes. At the pier, Woody manage to defeat some thugs but is shot dead by Captain Industry. The people pay respect to Defendor at a wall shrine tribute to him.
August 31, 2015
It's allright, but don't take it for a comedy, it's a lot like Forrest Gump, quite serious
½ June 27, 2015
Hilarious movie. Woody Harrelson was fantastic in this quirky, indie comedy
June 6, 2015
Woody Harrelson plays a slow witted, simpleton who decides to become the superhero "Defendor" to protect the innocent and fight bay guys. The film skewers the superhero film genre and places it squarely in the real world, much like "Kick Ass" or "Super." However, those films had their own take on the genre which made them so memorable. "Defender" has some comic moments, but when the film lapses into a social drama about mental health or the justice system, the film becomes a rather turgid affair. However, Harrelson dressed up as a superhero who fights crime with duct tape, lime juice, marbles and nut crackers does have it's charm and is enough to make the film entertaining. Michael Kelly is also worth noting for one of his typically reliable performances and giving a particularly sincere one here.
April 27, 2015
This is an awesome movie that people should not miss. Woody Harrelson puts in an amazing performance as a mentally ill person that believes he is a Super Hero. Kat Dennings also does a great job. Heartwarming and at times sad story
½ March 11, 2015
Came out just a year before Super with Rain Wilson and stands on it's own as darker than Super (if you can believe that). A little funnier, too, but in a different feel as not to take away from Super. Pretty depressing in a satisfying way towards the end.
March 8, 2015
More of a kid friendly Batman that is easier to follow and understand while still delivering a heartfelt message.
Super Reviewer
½ March 6, 2015
Alright, so I suppose it's possible that I misrepresented Defendor in my announcement post, just a tad. Maybe. Okay! I admit it, I said it was going to be ridiculous and pointless and in actual fact it may have been good. Like, really good.

You'll have to forgive me for my mistake though, as I had previously seen the trailer only, and it really does just look low budget version of Kick-Ass, or just some "new" rehash of a non-hilarious American Comedy. Turned out not to be the case at all. Given there's a moment or two of mild humour, in essence Defendor is a drama, despite its self-classification as comedy.

The film plays it small scale, and lacks the glitz and glamour of Kick-Ass or Super Hero Movie, but it's not a positive, upbeat film, in fact it's downright depressing, so it totally works. Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson - Natural Born Killers, A Scanner Darkly, No Counrty for Old Men, Seven Pounds, Zombieland, 2012) is a construction worker by day, and Super Hero Defendor by night. It's Harrelson himself as well as his interactions with others and their's with him that make the film what it is.

Defendor stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Thor) stars opposite Harrelson as a troubled and troublesome crackwhore (no seriously, she's a prostitute and crack addict). Elias Kosteas (Let me in, Shutter Island, The Killer Inside me, The Fourth Kind, The Haunting on Connecticut, Zodiac, Skinwalkers, House, Apt Pupil) fills out the majority of the antagonism as a bent cop. And finally Michael Kelly (Dawn of the Dead (2004), Changeling, Law Abiding Citizen, The Adjustment Bureau) plays Harrelson's caring and sympathetic boss. All of these guys are incredible on screen, and while they never quite manage to steal the limelight from Harrelson, they all compliment each other, as well as the film as a whole, perfectly.

Don't be fooled by Defendor's trailer, it is made of lies. Really this movie is a sad but great story about a mentally unstable man with a childlike sense of right and wrong, just trying to make the world he doesn't understand a better place.

75%

-Gimly
½ October 27, 2014
This movie has a lot of problems (the tone-deaf script is not as clever as it thinks it is, especially in the really dumb third act and cringe-worthy ending), but Stebbings directs reasonably well, if unremarkably (he has a snappy, entertaining editing rhythm) and the acting is charming if not brilliant (except for Dennings, though not many people could make something out of that character) so it's fun and likable for the most part.
October 8, 2014
Defendor is a different spin on superhero movies not too dissimilar from Kick-Ass & Super, but also complete unique in it's own way.
Woody Harrelson plays the intentionally misspelt crime fighter, a simple man who dons his rudimentary costume to uncover police corruption and foil a kingpins plans for both gun smuggling and human trafficking.
The film opens with Harrelson explaining the origins of his alter-ego to a psychiatrist, as his story unfolds as he is in search to bring 'Captain Industry' to justice, while both assisted and exploited by a young, drug-addicted prostitute who saves him from one of his bungled missions.
Despite the plot, this film is not a superhero movie, it merely uses it as a metaphor for dual personality and schizophrenia, with Harrelson playing both a mentally retarded man with a haunting past by day and a justice-seeking vigilante by night who becomes a symbol of courage for his local community.
The film is perfectly balanced between comedy & drama, with some hilarious and bittersweet moments. Woody Harrelson delivers a great performance, and along with the films Zombieland & The Messenger (for which he received an Oscar nomination), 2009 seemed to be a very good year for the actor.
September 9, 2014
The film managed to be funny, but also dramatically poignant and serious at times. It keeps a good balance on things.
August 19, 2014
Harrelson is the loveable, misguided but ultimately, heroic Defendor. Yes, with an O
August 10, 2014
First, this is not really a comedy. True, there are some funny moments in it but it is much more a drama about an eccentric character than it is a comedy. Woody Harrelson, as usual, gives an excellent performance. The story is well developed and beautifully photographed. Definitely a film worth viewing.
August 1, 2014
Woody Harrelson puts in a remarkably effective performance as a well meaning, traumatized dullard, who in his delusional attempts to fight crime as a costumed vigilante, ends up running afoul of a mobster. Well written comedy/drama, is actually light on the comedy, but delivers solidly on drama, courtesy of several moments of genuine poignancy, and gritty realism. Hampered somewhat by a slow, if repetitive, mid section.
July 19, 2014
Has a lot to say about modern drug issues, crime syndicates, mental health issues and tells it through a brilliant superhero, Defendor is simply brilliant
July 7, 2014
I really liked lots of the "everyman superhero" movies that were really popular for a couple of years, like Kick-Ass and Super. What mostly sets this one apart is Harrelson with, (mock gasp), an amazing performance. It's like he's got his own super senses, knows exactly what aspect of his complicated and fascinating character to play up at what time (emotionally, the movie at some point hits just about every point of the spectrum you could imagine), even if it doesn't seem like the obvious choice. Also, unlike "Super, this played up the mental illness angle well, and knew what exactly to do with it.
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