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Naturally, I was looking forward to Super, Gunn's take on the D.I.Y. superhero a la Kick Ass and the Watchmen graphic novel (the film took liberties with the abilities of what were supposed to be normal people + 1 superbeing). Even with high expectations, the film blew me away. Unable to see it in the theater due to my market, I was nonetheless allowed the privilege of seeing it through IFC OnDemand's "In Theaters" category, and was not disappointed. Gunn's trademark profanity laced insanity is certainly present -- Ellen Page's psychopathic sidekick Libby would fit into any one of Gunn's films -- but also present is the heart of his more sophisticated works like Slither. Sophisticated is an odd word to use when talking about films that feature tentacle rape scenes or holy roller superhero hallucination scenes, but there it is. What's special about Super is that on this outing, the gratuitous insanity or sexual issues are turned down (while still present) and the heart gets turned up, as well as the emotional resonance. Even the arguably craziest scene in the film, where Rain Wilson's Frank experiences a tentacular brain rape from God, is powerful and moving in a disturbing sort of way. This is no doubt in some part due to Gunn being a sufferer of a rare and real condition whereby he has experienced strange visions at random intervals all his life.Read more ›
The story opens with an intro to the sorry state that is the life of Frank Darrbo (Rainn Wilson). He’s a fryer at a local burger joint, he’s married to Sarah (Liv Tyler), a recovering addict, and his life is mostly a series of humiliations. His two crowning achievements are his marriage and that one time when he pointed out which way a criminal ran to a cop. Sarah soon relapses into her habits, coinciding with her meeting Jacques (Kevin Bacon), a drug dealer. She leaves Frank, sending him into a further downward spiral resulting in what’s probably best described as a horrific episode, eventually culminating in his donning a homemade superhero costume and calling himself the Crimson Bolt, a patchwork looking vigilante who mercilessly clubs his enemies with a pipe wrench.
Like other films in this “real life” superhero subgenre, such as Kick-Ass or Defendor, there’s a dark sense of humor to accompany the expectations of the action scenes. The Crimson Bolt spends the first few nights hiding behind a dumpster and encountering little crime other than the evidence of littering. When he expands his territory into an actual dangerous neighborhood, we get a surprisingly upbeat montage of him brutally assaulting criminals of various kinds in ways that could leave them dead or crippled. I mean he lays down some savage beatings on people with that wrench.Read more ›
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"Super" does exactly what it wants to do as a movie (and for that reason, it gets four stars), but good grief, it is so hard to watch. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lecks, Recks
Awesome movie. I had been waiting to see this movie for a very long time. Glad I finally got to see it. I let my whole family watch it. Thumbs up all around. Good movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David A. Y.
This is what a geek looks like when he tries to become a superhero.
This fell off my list.
glad I saw it ...
realistic dork gets hurt movie ... Read more
I tried to watch it couldn't finish it. It's different. Kinda falls in the catagory of Kick Ass and mystery men only not as good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Billie
Being a fan of Rainn Wilson, I decided to watch this film (I otherwise wouldn't have) and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tracy
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