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Super's intriguing premise and talented cast are drowned in a blood-red sea of graphic violence, jarring tonal shifts, and thinly written characters.



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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 Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt! No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006's SLITHER. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humor with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core. -- (c) IFC Films

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Rainn Wilson
as Frank Darbo
Liv Tyler
as Sarah
Kevin Bacon
as Jacques
Andre Royo
as Hamilton
William Katt
as Sgt. Fitzgibbon
Don Mac
as Mr. Range
Linda Cardellini
as Pet Store Employee
Nathan Fillion
as The Holy Avenger
Grant S. Goodman
as Young Frank
Paul T. Taylor
as Frank Sr.
Connor Day
as Teenage Frank
James Gunn (II)
as Demonswill
Matt Moore
as Jesus/Guy in Line
Steve Agee
as Comic Book Store Jerk
Laurel Whitsett
as Librarian
Laurel Whisett
as Librarian
Nate Rubin
as Passenger Teen
Edrick Browne
as Nathaniel
Krystal Mayo
as Wheelchair Woman
Russell Towery
as Chickenhawk
Jonathan Winkler
as Transvestite
Mollie Milligan
as Sarah's Sister
Gerry May
as Newscaster
Valentine Miele
as Line Butter
Michelle Gunn
as Line Butter's Girlfriend
Darcel Moreno
as Waitress
Greg Ingram
as Long-Haired Hood
Lindsey Soileau
as Libby's Friend
Brandon Belknap
as Christian
Tim J. Smith
as Range's Technician
Mark de Alessandro
as Thug Jumped on by Boltie
Cole McKay
as Thug Set on Fire
John W. Lawson
as Thug Missing Arms
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Critic Reviews for Super

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Audience Reviews for Super

  • Feb 13, 2017
    Working pretty well as a sympathetic character study centered on a righteous man who believes he is on a divine mission from God, this inspired movie is like a sassy brother of Kick-Ass: oddly funny, amusing and making no concessions regarding its amount of violence.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    James Gunn has never let me down before, so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed Super. In terms of tone, it sits somewhere a little bit darker than Kick-Ass, but a little bit lighter than Defendor (both of which were also great movies).
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
    Alright. Pretty messed up, but still interesting to watch. It's like you can't look away. Great cast, but I wished the writers had cut back sometimes. It's hard to empathize with a hero if he's beating the living shit out of people for stupid stuff.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    This is such an under appreciated movie. It's not a dumb fun "what if a normal guy dressed in a suit and fought crime" like Kickass was. It's a tale of self-discovery and not only that but a disturbing yet funny look at morality and other themes. Rainn Wilson is perfectly cast in this movie as the well-meaning yet psychotic Frank Darbo (aka The Crimson Bolt). Also, the rest of the cast is great too. I thought Kevin Bacon was great as the bad guy. It's a very dark movie but at the same time very funny and entertaining. It gets you thinking "should I be rooting for this psychopath or should I be frightened?". It's a movie that makes you think and I believe the reason people disregard it so much is because they think it was going to be like Kickass. There is a lot more to it than that. Overall- An extremely underrated "superhero" movie that makes you laugh while making you feel emotional. I watched it twice and it was much better a second time. Letter Grade: A-
    Chris M Super Reviewer

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