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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 115
- Fresh: 56
- Rotten: 59
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The spectacle soon wearies and repels.
Fresh: Wilson does amusingly steely work, while Page goes bonkers, giving her gleeful nut job one of the more memorable horselaughs in recent American film history.
Rotten: Super plunges into nihilistic despair in its third act. This isn't a black comedy because it isn't a comedy. It's a trick played on our expectations, I concede, but to what end?
Fresh: Super is a film infused with that impossibly compelling mix of deeply empathic insights, disturbingly-visualised violence and goodwill-rousing positive energy.
I LOVE this movie
But, before I get Started: this is NOT a comedy. Mainly a Comedy/Drama/Action.
The film changed the way I think, and the score, is just beautiful. Tyler Bates at his best. There is too much to talk about.
Great movie: really funny with over-the-top violence. Ellen Page's character was hilarious.
as in good! director james gunn is one perverse dude and who would ever have thought that ellen page could be the sexiest super hero ever to don spandex - great cast, some classic lines and a truly subversive twist on the superhero genre - kevin bacon gives one of his best performances in recent memory as a sleazy drug lord/pimp and so great to see liv tyler in anything - rainn wilson is at once sympathetic, pathetic and hilarious and nathan filion's cameo is inspirational -
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