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Plot: After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills. Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 01 Apr 2011
An engaging and challenging masterpiece (by raymurphy89)
The single solitary downfall of this movie is that it completely disregards expectations, but I'm pretty sure it couldn't have been done any other way. How do you advertise for a movie that is a perfect mix of drama, comedy, tragedy, thriller, parody and character-based gore-fest? How do you tell the uninformed movie-goer that what they're about to see is going to challenge them in ways that a super-hero movie could never be expected to? The answer: You don't. James Gunn invests a lot of confidence in his audience with this film, because he knows it has to be seen and he knows <more>
it is great, but is risking everything just by the mere fact that he made it. People will go into this movie, expecting a comedy about a silly down-to-Earth superhero, and for the first half hour or 45 minutes, they'll be confused about why some really serious themes keep popping up. Then, when all hell breaks loose and the jokes slow to a halt, they'll be wondering if they should have been laughing at the first half of the movie. But is that the movie's fault? If you walked in to watch Romeo and Juliet, expecting a romantic comedy, the same thing could happen. You'd laugh at the cheesy dialogue, at the squabbling houses, but after a while you'd start to wonder. And at the end, well, you'd feel that you'd been duped. Myself, walking into the empty theater at 10:00pm, having researched the movie, obsessed over it, and prepared myself for anything, well, I was blown away. Even though I built this movie up on a pedestal of monstrous heights, I was still pleasantly surprised and left the movie with my heart beating in my throat. One review is not enough space to discuss just why this movie is so great. People could analyze it in groups like they do with Citizen Kane, and I think they'd have a good chance of missing something. I only wish to say that I highly recommend this film to anyone who is a thinking moviegoer, or appreciates art in all of its forms. This movie deserves to make a billion dollars, and hopefully it blows up and gets its just deserves. Bring everyone you know and support this underrated masterpiece.
On 2nd April 2002, a 50 page script originally written as a short born from the creatively messed up mind of James Gunn flourished into the world. Entitled 'SUPER' deliberately all in capitals the film was destined to be a personal homage to the early comic-books Gunn had grown up with as a child, combined with the sincerely twisted Troma films he had worked on whilst first touching down in the movie business. What remains today, 8 years later, is both a darkly sarcastic tale of personal justice, and a horrifically funny look at the every-man, melting together to form a rather <more>
obscure and perversely convoluted masterpiece of independent cinema.Destined to be likened to the recent features of late such as Matthew Vaughn's 'Kick-Ass', 'SUPER' stands alone, successful in its conquest to both alienate the viewer, and twist their perceptions of justice and doing the right thing. Whereas 'Kick-Ass' longed to be gritty and satanic in its approach, it only appeared so through the hazy goggles of Hollywood, never fully commanding the realistic ambiance that sits so gracefully at the centre of 'SUPER'. Gunn's unique and devoutly crooked approach is so confident and gracious in its presentation, every-shot though tremendously rough, settles calmly into the film, reflecting Darbo's genuine feelings that he's not actually doing anything wrong. The film, although simple in its set-up, truly digs in under the skin of what is right and wrong and who decides, toying with religion and depression and other serious affairs along the way; whilst also juggling sociopathic violent outbursts and superbly perverted comedy.Although fantastically scripted, the heart of 'SUPER' belongs to the frankly outstanding cast. Rainn Wilson's astounding central performance as mopey Frank and his demented alter-ego frantically shakes the viewer throughout, tearing the words directly from the page with emotional and personal flair, allowing him to be both despondently bitter and broken, as well as painfully hilarious at exactly the same time. Strong support is held up by Kevin Bacon's "interesting" villain Jacques, as suavely bold and sophisticated as modern drug dealers come, with his team of bumbling accomplices making troublingly comic targets. Liv Tyler drifts sweetly and innocently into the backdrop of Frank's crusade as his angelic wife Sarah, but the show-stealing Ellen Page dives straight in front as the sadistically adorable Libby, later becoming Darbo's sidekick Boltie. Her fearlessly pushy and exaggerated enthusiasm for bloody violence is both utterly hysterical and painfully sinister, although never drifting to the dark-side of the audience's perception, despite her adversely psychotic attacks on "crime". Even the cameos from the likes of 'Slither' star Nathan Fillion among others are marvellously acted and well placed, providing constant hilarity for Gunn fans and others alike.Due to the tiny budget roughly $2 million and limited shooting schedule, visually 'SUPER' can be noticed to be rather dim in places, luckily salvaged by the hauntingly humorous use of onomatopoeic graphics Bam, Boom, Splat, etc. and truly fragrant soundtrack, in particular Tyler Bates' chirpy yet thoughtful scoring.Viciously funny, sadistically adorable and hilariously heart-felt, 'SUPER' is bound to be one of the most original, unique and darkly comic films you will ever have the privilege to lay eyes on. It won't be to everybody's taste, some welcoming the extreme violence and sickening comedy, others not, but it will certainly open up your mind to look beyond the face value of justice and is sure to blur your perceptions of right and wrong beyond recognition.What exists beyond the colourful spandex and bloody smears is a truly heart-wrenching and unpredictably grim portrait of the 21st century peppered with love and laughter, making 'SUPER' the most beautifully honest and ambitiously passionate vigilante tale to ever grace the eyes of the public. Treat it with care and a thoughtful mind, this is not your average gore- fest, 'SUPER' is an engrossingly real and overlooked gem, so original yet commemorative in its approach. Rubbing shoulders with the heavy-weight blockbusters of 2011 won't allow it to fare well financially, but 'SUPER' is a fresh and poignant escape from the dark depths of the Hollywood explosion-fest and should be endured by all those who seek excellent filmmaking. Shut up, crime!
This film is way better than Kick Ass. It's done on a smaller scale, but there's a lot of heart put into this film and it shows.Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page make a great pair of crime fighters as they go off and do some of the craziest stunts. Bordeline insane.Definitely worth checking out. The film doesn't take itself seriously and thats the fun of it.The film also stars Nathan Fillion, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, and Liv Tyler. So it's a well rounded cast.Plus if you're looking for some gore, this film supplies quite a bit for good taste.
An awesomely fun and twisted little fantasy (by DonFishies)
Despite enjoying other films like it, I was never a fan of James Gunn's Slither. It just came off as being average to me, and despite multiple tries, I have never ventured back to give it a second chance. Keeping that in mind, I ventured into a screening of Super at the Toronto International Film Festival hoping to be surprised, and not to come away disappointed. Thankfully, it turned out to be quite the awesome surprise.Frank D'Arbo Rainn Wilson lives a pretty miserable existence. He has just two happy memories in his entire life – marrying his wife Sarah Liv Tyler and pointing <more>
a police officer in the right direction of a suspect. So when Sarah, a stripper and former junkie, leaves him for her boss Jacques Kevin Bacon , he loses all faith. But during a chance epiphany, he realizes his true calling is to be a superhero – the Crimson Bolt – and fight against those committing any sort of crime, whether it be drug dealing, underage rape or even butting in-line at the movies.While I figured the film would have a hurdle to face making it feel different than any other movie about ordinary people donning costumes and fighting crime in the past few years alone, see Special, Defendor, Kick-Ass and to a point, even Batman Begins and The Dark Knight , but Super is a much different beast. From the epilogue through the totally ridiculous in a good way animated song and dance credit sequence on, you know you are in for something different. This is a film that embraces the absurd and the full-blown psychopathic, and delivers a twistedly hilarious comic gem that lacks the seriousness mostly that plagues the other films previously mentioned. And any movie about someone using a pipewrench to wreak havoc on crime is immediately enough to make me forget Defendor even existed.I think the element that sets Gunn's twisted fantasy apart from other films is that it is decidedly not mainstream. D'Arbo truly becomes the superhero we all wish we were by taking out anyone who is committing crimes. He has the vendetta against Jacques taking his wife hanging over his head throughout the movie, but in the meantime, he ensures that no crime goes unpunished – in increasingly graphically violent ways. I knew that using a pipewrench could only lead to a bloody mess, but I did not expect the movie to become the nasty bloodbath it quickly does. If you remember being disappointed at how much blood got cut between the conversion of Kick-Ass from a comic to a film, you will be delighted at just how much is spilt here. I knew Gunn was a graduate of the Troma film academy Lloyd Kaufman makes a cameo late in the film , but I never expected to see just as much violence as I did. Thankfully, every injury and blood spurt is more hilarious and ridiculous than the last.Wilson is amazing from start to finish as D'Arbo. I have never been a fan of his zany humour, but it fits this role perfectly. He jumps from being the pathetic loser to being the invigorated crime fighter with ease. And despite playing the role seriously, you never once think he is descending into parody. The film is a parody, but he never hams it up in the role deliberately looking for laughs. He has a very strong comic presence that he maintains throughout the film, and brings a rather poignant touch to more than a few scenes. If he sticks to more roles like these, and stays away from being the best thing in downright awful movies like The Rocker and My Super Ex-Girlfriend, he might have quite the career ahead of him.The supporting cast is all very good and very funny in their smaller roles. Bacon is just as good as he always is, injecting the right amount of style and finesse into his scumbag of a character. Tyler could have done a bit more as the damsel in distress, but she remains quite memorable in her role. Smaller turns by Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker and especially Nathan Fillion all pay off wonderfully within the film. But if anyone can even stand close to Wilson's performance, it is Ellen Page as the off-the-rails comic nerd Libby. While she has found fame playing Juno and derivatives of the same character in the majority of her roles, she actually is quite different here. She alternates between being anxiety-ridden and being a complete psychopath, often in the same scene, and practically steals the film from Wilson. And when she finally becomes his sidekick Boltie, she truly is able to embrace the absurd.If I have any problem with the film outside of a rather bizarre and horrendous looking CGI sequence early in the film , it is that it never stays consistent with its tones. The humour remains intact throughout, but its absurdity starts to waver as the film goes on. It remains ridiculous, but it becomes a bit too serious in some sections. It feels more like Gunn did not want to truly push the film into the realm of comic fantasy, and still wanted some semblance of realism to stay within the film. He explained his tonal shift choices to the audience, but it still is not enough to make up for the film never knowing which way it wants to go. I loved its unpredictability of what D'Arbo would do next, but loathed never knowing what the next shift would be. It never destroys the film, but it weakens the film cohesively.Super is an awesome film, and one whose dark humour never truly overtakes it. Wilson and Page are amazing in their roles, and the rest of the supporting cast does a great job backing them up. I just hope everyone can experience and have as much fun as I did.9/10.
My Hilarious Awesome Twisted Fantasies (by centralize)
I love Rainn Wilson, he's a fantastic actor, and now with Ellen Page by his side, amazing! This is the kind of movie where you laugh at the craziest stuff you've ever seen, and at the same time can feel a bit compassionate to the role who is played by Rainn. Ellen Page play the part as the sidekick to The Crimson Bolt, Boltie. She is full of energy all the time and nothing can stop her from having her fun. She is like the commercials for red bull, but it looks like she's always on red bull. And i was quite shocked when i saw that Andre Royo was starring in this movie, well known <more>
from The Wire, but he just had a small role.A totally MUST SEE movie!
This one stuck with me for a while (by TheGOLDENWALRUS)
Just like Kickass, Defendor, Special, etc., Super was just as enjoyable and still able to stand out and add new material to the Super hero with out no powers group. It's more violent than the others and has laugh out loud moments but what exactly is the tone of this film? We know the plot. Frank Wilson becomes the Crimson Bolt after his wife Tyler is literally stolen by the drug-lord pimpish Jacques Bacon . After watching the corny bible action hero The Holy Avenger Fillion he goes on a quest to hide behind dumpsters and wait for some crime to happen. Equipped with a monkey wrench, <more>
he eventually teams up with Libby/Boltie Page .At first this movie looks like a low budget version of the films announced in the beginning but as we progress into the movie our two heroes become more and more violent and literally insane especially Libby which was creepily played by Page. When it comes down to almost beating a man to death and even his annoying girlfriend for cutting in line, the dark comedy really escalates. We ask the question "Why are we rooting for these two?" We should be labeling them as kind of pathetic or psychotic.It's nice to see Rain Wilson do a film like this. I didn't see Dwight from the office but a depressed man who simply wants his life back. Frank is very religious watching the Holy Avenger played brilliantly by Fillion - the few scenes he was in and tries to ask God what's his next step in life. We know that he was a "geek" in is younger years but how does he land Tyler - which is answered in the film.Page is a very underrated actress. She picks her roles wisely. Once in a while finding that blockbuster Inception but this film you know she wasn't paid much and same to the rest of the cast. But her character Libby is very innocent and that plays along well with the message that Gunn might be trying to establish. She's only twenty two. We don't know too much about her except she hangs out with a bunch of pot smokers. She doesn't seem to care about the direction she's going but just in the moment.I've never seen Slither. I hear it's also a dark comedy but the reviews are split in half usually asking the question "What is Gunn trying to do in this movie?" The unusual shift changes of comedy and drama has you wondering but those who can answer the question will probably end up enjoying this film. At first when I left the theater I was happy and upbeat. But during the hour and a half ride home - I believe I figured it out. I was actually kind of depressed that I did. Violence isn't something to laugh at but you can't help to in this film. Is this suppose to be a dark comedy? I didn't find Taxi Driver funny which seems to be a closer comparison than the list of films I mentioned .Check this little film out. 8.5/10 or B+
This film is about an ordinary man who decides to start fighting crime, even though he has no special skills or powers. It also takes place in the "real" world, where of course nobody has done this before.The similarity to Kick-Ass ends there.Believe me, this film is definitely a comedy, I laughed out loud many times. What happens, though, is that the film gets so dark and unforgiving that the "morality" of the film is hard to decipher. In that sense, it is very different from Kick-Ass. It's a great "spiral" from a literary point of view, but the movie <more>
doesn't make the transition smoothly.Rain Wilson is funny in spite of himself throughout the film, although he does try to be serious quite often. Is this basically watching "Dwight" be a super-hero? Yes...to the same degree The Rocker was about "Dwight" playing in a rock band.Ellen Page is fun, although her story "arc" is the weak link in the film. It's completely believable. Everything that she does and what gets done to her is pretty realistic for a "superhero" movie. That said, it's almost too low-key, and ultimately I found her role in the movie unsatisfying though well-acted .Kevin Bacon is great. This movie actually made me miss him of late. He provides a much-needed credibility to this film...it's hard to put it any other way. I wanted more of him.And of course, there's Nathon Fillion. He's only in the movie about 2 minutes or so, but while he's on it's wonderful. Keep this man in comedies, Hollywood!Ultimately, fans of superhero movies, dark comedies, and even cheesy horror films Slither will enjoy it immensely.Casual movie goers may get turned off by the gritty violence and somewhat convoluted message.
Funny, disturbing and downright fun (by timesplitterz)
First let me start off by saying that at first glance Super looks very similar to Kick Ass and I've read many reviews on here with people calling this film a Kick Ass rip off IT IS NOT! In fact Super is nothing like Kick Ass the only common thing they share is one ordinary person becoming a super hero you could say that kick Ass rips off such works as Batman or Green Lantern. An normal person suddenly becoming extraordinary isn't a new concept that Kick Ass invented and Super does not rip off that film in anyway, but I'm going to stop talking about this and get to the film itself. <more>
The trailer for this film did not show what this film was really about, this is not a light hearted comedy about real life superheroes instead it's much more adult. This film is about a troubled man that has never really known true happiness in his life and suffers an ultimate blow when he looses his wife. This pushes him over the edge and eventually through a series of bizarre signs and a very disturbing vision decides to become a superhero. This is about a man who could well be close to becoming a serial killer but his victims are people who commit crimes. He doesn't intended to kill them but his attacks are so brutal that they could lead to death and he seems to have no intent in puling his punches per say. Like wise his sidekick played by the talented Ellen Page is also a border line psychopath who is overall feisty and eager. Her character is just plane insane and without Frank would have become a crazed killer in a costume. I enjoyed her character very much I thought she was very funny and I loved her crazed psycho personality. I admire how this film is shot, there's a lot of hand-held or steady cam shots and it gives the whole film a very documentary feel and it adds to the sense of realism that this film is about. This documentary realism feel is something that I personally think Kick Ass would have been better with, this feel works so well when action sequences take place or violent scenes occur because it makes them so much more tense and brutal. The comedy in this is well placed, dark and disturbing at times and I found myself in some scenes laughing at how disturbing these scene were not one to show the kids. I have nothing against any of the acting in this film I thought everyone was at their best suited their character, the only character I had a problem with was Liv Tyler's character I couldn't understand what her character really wanted during the course of this film one moment she wants to give up drugs for good the next she's living with a crime lord who deals in drugs what is going on with her? I personally wish this film went on longer but that's just me. There were some really shocking moments in this film that really got a reaction from me and the ending at first left me feeling really sad inside but then afterwards it felt like the right one although I was disappointed with one aspect of it but I can't say without spoiling anything. In short if you had low expectations and haven't seen this watch it and leave your expectations at the door you will not be disappointed unfortunately this isn't one of those films that I can share as some people will be put off by the odd and disturbing scenes but keeping in mind this is not a Kick Ass rip off this is a unique film all on it's own.
One intense under rated film of the year! (by lilmandecicco)
When I first started watching Super I figured "hey, it didn't sell that much in theaters so I shouldn't expect the best", but as I'm finishing it up right now it's one of the coolest and funniest movies that I have ever seen, and I watch a lot of comedies. Sure, it's a copy cat of kick-ass, and not as good as it, but Super made a league of its own in the movie industry.Even though they were making Ellen Page look kind of geeky I think everyone would agree with me that she is still super hot in this movie. She is also the funniest in it, and her intense acting <more>
just makes the movie so realistic to real life.Rainn Wilson is always funny in his movies, but I would have never expected him to be in a superhero movie like this, but maybe that's what they were going for with him in this movie.