Thursday, May 14, 2015

Super (2010)

Number Rolled: 87
Movie Name/Year: Super (2010)
Genre: Independent
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: R
Production Companies: This Is That Productions, Ambush Entertainment, Cold Iron Pictures, Crimson Bolt
Executive Producer: Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr., Matthew Leutwyler, Rainn Wilson
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Actors: Rainn Wilson, Elliot Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Andre Royo, Sean Gunn, Stephen Blackehart, Don Mac, Nathan Fillion, Rob Zombie

Frank Darbo is a nobody. His wife is the best thing in his life, and she’s pulling away from him. When he finds out that she’s gone back to her old druggie ways, his world comes crashing down. That’s when he’s given the idea to fight evil as the superhero, “The Crimson Bolt.”

Super reminded me of Kick-Ass… if the writer had been on crack. The plot is the same basic idea with different motivation and a different outcome. It’s a similar dark field trip down the path of the question, “what if someone decided to become a real superhero?”

Yes, I know about the superheroes that go around in costumes calling the police on people and carrying pepper spray to protect themselves. I don’t mean that kind of superhero. I mean the popular kind. The heroes with no power but many weapons: Green Arrow, The Punisher, Batman, Elektra, Catwoman, or Hawkeye. Shit would go pear-shaped pretty quickly. Super explores just how pear-shaped it could get.

I can’t complain about the actors. They were all very into their parts and 100% believable. It was the story line that had me groaning at times. There seemed to be completely unnecessary sex scenes that didn’t even try to be part of the story. Some of the motivation for the main character really didn’t strike me as the best idea. At times, it even got a little preachy.

With all its faults, Super was still memorable and entertaining. Weird and completely random? Sure. However, if you enjoy incredibly dark comedies, it was definitely above average.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 48%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 55%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.3/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3.5/5

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