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Super 2010

  • James Gunn
  • March 31, 2011
  • 96 mins
  • English
  • Action, Comedy, Drama
Shut up, crime!
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, though he lacks for heroic skills.


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I liked Libby, and the fact that Ellen Page was in it, but other than that it just seemed really... stupid.

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Super sucked. It's like a poor man's Kick-Ass with far less impressive production values, comparable needless violence and similar abandonment of its premise in the final act. As if that's not enough, it features two entirely superfluous rape scenes that just get glossed over. While in this movie, the level of violence seemed less gratuitous, it seemed (at least from what I can remember about Kick-Ass) that a lot of the violence was inflicted on people who were less 'deserving' of it, which made it equally unnecessary and uncomfortable to watch. The role didn't seem to suit Rainn Wilson and he didn't strike me as a particularly good actor because of it, at least for the first half; while I liked him in The Office, I don't know if he has much versatility if this is anything to go by. Ellen Page was by far the best part of the movie and it seemed that because her character's so obviously deranged, her violence seemed to fit in with the tone the film was going for better. At least it comes across as being aware that its violence is needless and some of the character's do bring this up and show remorse sometimes, unlike in Kick-Ass where it's just "hurr look at all this violence what a great satire".

But eugh, those stupid unnecessary goddamn rape scenes that they just pretend never happened and which the characters gets over in a heart-beat. If you're going to attempt to tackle female-on-male rape, then at least have it mean something, don't just brush it off right away. It's like they just used it to resolve a romantic subplot rather than even treating it like rape. And then right after that happens, you're still expected to sympathise with her character? When the gender roles get reversed with another pair later on, the female character's obviously traumatised and rightly so, but noooo, if it's a male getting raped, it's okay to trivialise it, isn't it? Screw you too, movie.

Also howdonumberplatesandgunsandpolicework. I'd watch Holy Avenger if it was a real show.

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Wow this film is totally crazy but I liked it!

At first I thought that I would be seeing something like Kick Ass and it is similar in a certain way. An ordinary man, living in our ordinary world, decides to become a superhero although he has any super power. But this is the only similarity between both.

I don't know if I can define Super as a comedy, I laughed with it many times but the film definitely has a dark tone in it and many disturbing scenes.
Rainn Wilson's character Frank is a very troubled man, he was definitely marked by his childhood and that is reflected in his adulthood. In consequence of that he can't be happy at all. Frank become even more disturbed when his wife suddenly disappears. That's when he decides to become Crimson Bolt. When Libby, a girl working in a comic book store appears in his life things turn even more crazy because she is totally insane.

Both of the performances by Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page are great and Nathan Fillion is hilarious as the Holy Avenger. Kevin Bacon was good also.

At the end of it I had a great time watching this different and interesting film. I can't develop much more about it without spoiling.
Unlike all superhero films the action is not the most important thing about it but the psychological part is.

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