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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson
  • Directors: Peter Stebbings
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Polish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JQK86I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,517 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Arthur Poppington (2009 Golden Globe® Nominee Woody Harrelson- Best Supporting Actor, The Messenger) doesn’t need superpowers or fancy toys to fight crime. Armed only with a childlike sense of wonder and his quirky arsenal of cheap, homemade gadgets, he becomes DEFENDOR! He finds an unexpected partner when he rescues and falls for a local prostitute (Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). Can the two of them take down the city’s most fearsome crime boss without getting killed in the process?


At first glance, Defendor might look like a slapstick comedy or a low-budget superhero movie, but its DNA lies more with Taxi Driver (though it's considerably gentler in tone than Martin Scorsese's classic). Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson, Zombieland) just wants to make the world a better place; unfortunately, he's a bit dim and has delusions of grandeur that lead him to skulk around the urban jungle in a black turtleneck with a duct-taped D on his chest. His floundering but relentless efforts to bring down a drug-dealing pimp and a crooked undercover cop (Elias Koteas, The Adjuster) earn him the respect of a teen prostitute (Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) and the psychiatrist (Sandra Oh, Sideways) assigned by the court to do a psychiatric evaluation--but that may not be enough to keep him alive when confronted with real danger. The key to Defendor is that, though the plot may be implausible, it's grounded in realistic and well-drawn characters. The excellent cast (also featuring Michael Kelly, whose face will be familiar from many a supporting role) plays everything vividly real, which keeps Arthur's struggle compelling. Defendor is a surprisingly sincere and complex movie, worth watching whether you're a fan of superheroes or not. --Bret Fetzer

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*Minor Spoilers* On paper- there isn't a lot of originality here. The 'emotionally/mentally disturbed individual who gets in way over his head' archetype was previously done in the excellent Special [2006] [DVD], although the level of brutality reaped on Defendor/Arthur Poppington is more akin to what happens to Dave Lizewski in Kick-Ass [DVD] [2010]. The 'Hooker with a Heart of Gold' supporting character 'Cat' is so cliched that it's almost a moot point to mention it. Whilst there are a few twists in turns in the script, and a wonderful ending that a mainstream Hollywood movie wouldn't accept, if I had been a producer or an investor, I might have considered this too derivative of previous movies to bother with funding.

Which probably explains why I'm writing reviews on Amazon, and don't work in the film industry, as the people behind this movie did a great job. Woody Harrelson is excellent as Arthur Poppington, and turns in a subtle yet earnest performance. (Indeed, it would be hard to single out one actor for special praise, as they are all uniformly excellent, including the child actors.) The pacing of the film is great, the editing (with old School Star Wars-style wipes) thoughtful, and the DOP does an astonishing job with the lighting and the fiming, to the point where this movie 'feels' substantially more expensive than it actually was.
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You'll struggle not to make comparison with Kick-Ass before you watch this. At first I was expecting it to be a complete rip-off. Yet here we have a touching movie, with just as many tender moments as it has funny ones. The movie revolves around Arthur Poppington, a terribly dressed superhero wannabe with a desire to catch a super criminal. Arthur is forever taking beatings and failing in his quest to find and catch Captain Industry. This is why the movie works. Due to the truth of it all, we relate to Arthur and, whilst we wish him to succeed, we also concede he is probably doomed to failure.

There's not much to say without giving the plot away, but this is a nicely done movie which may unfortunately struggle to live in a world with Kick-Ass. I think watching it with an open mind and without comparison will help viewers realise that this is a good film with different objectives to its more famous cousin.

Woody is excellent in this movie, and I doubt there are many who will come away without warming to his role as Defendor.
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This 2009 Canadian superhero comedy film stars Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, and Elias Koteas.

The best comparison is of a combo of 'Kickass' and 'Taxi Driver', bizzare as that sounds...promise!!

The story tells of a mentally-ill man who adopts the persona of a superhero named 'Defendor' on a quest to find his arch enemy, Captain Industry.

The film begins with a psychiatrist interviewing Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson) in a psychiatric evaluation. At first he is confused to the point that he thinks he's being quizzed, but he slowly opens up, recalling an incident in which he assaulted Mr. Debrofkowitz, the owner of a dry-cleaning service.

He starts his story one night where he is investigating shipment docks, and assaults a police officer who claims to be working undercover. Dooney (Elias Koteas) is a corrupt detective whose crack smoking, and having a prostitute in his company, leads Defendor to believe that he is under the employ of his arch nemesis, named Captain Industry.

Arthur lives alone in the government construction department that he works at during the day. His life is very solitary, but after another confrontation with Dooney, he meets Angel (Kat Dennings), the prostitute who was smoking crack with Dooney. He is brutally beaten by Dooney's friends and she helps him recover. He learns that she is aware of Captain Industry's whereabouts and he allows her to live with him. For $40 a day, he enlists her help in apprehending Industry.

Their rather dysfunctional relationship forms this highly off-beat story. In this current day of Dark Knights, Green Hornet, Iron Men and vampires, this film I found to be amusing and refreshing - recommended.
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Woody Harrelson is one of that rare breed of actor , such as Gene Hackman or Robert Duvall, that never fails to deliver a great performance and here is no different. Woody plays a 'slightly slow' individual , (I know this doesn't sound politically correct , but its how his character is described within the movie) , who for reasons that become apparent, dresses as a costumed crime fighter and patrols the city streets at night.
This story is nothing knew and has recently been done far more high profile with both 'Kick Ass' movies and to a somewhat lesser degree with James Gunn's 'Super' and this movie treads over a lot of very similar ground , However its the performances of a great ensemble cast and stand out acting by Harrelson and Kat Dennings (Thor) that set it above all other similar films.
The story is linear and lean and you get the feeling that the writer/Director has worked especially hard to keep the focus of the movie from ever becoming silly, even though at times , its laugh-out-loud funny.
Harrelson never allows his character to become a 'Forrest Gump' type Caricature , instead he walks a tightrope between believable but mentally vulnerable, allowing you to warm to his character , and ultimately , to care for his wellbeing .
This won't be everybody's cup of tea but if you like the type of movie that engages you with a well told story and exceptional acting by a great cast of character-actors, this ones worth a watch.
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