- Actors: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion
- Directors: James Gunn
- Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Koch Media
- DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2011
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0054Q9ZSS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Lo-tech crime fighter 'The Crimson Bolt' takes to the streets to clean up the city in this dark comedy from director James Gunn. Mild-mannered Frank D'Arbo (Rainn Wilson) decides to enter the world of crime fighting superheroes when his wife, Sarah (Liv Tyler), leaves him for local drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon). Believing his wife will come back to him if he can only defeat Jacques and the rest of the city's lowlife, Frank morphs into The Crimson Bolt, complete with handmade costume and trusty pipe-wrench. But just when Frank's entirely human exploits seem to be running out of steam, the unforeseen arrival of comic shop assistant Libby (Ellen Page), in the guise of sidekick 'Boltie', helps save the day.
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The story is simple and economic, and all the better for being so. It is your basic super hero origins type story but played out in a world that is all too painfully real. Rainn Wilson is perfect as Frank (the lead character), who he plays with great sensitivity and wit. In particular, the anguish of Frank's moral dilemmas is portrayed particularly well. How does a super hero decide who to dispense justice upon? Does extreme violence solve anything? Was it all worth it? Frank is no Clarke Kent or Bruce Wayne - he is an all too real chap who is struggling to cope with the hand that life has dealt him. In my opinion that makes him much more credible.
As I am a red-blooded man I appreciate the fine casting choices of Liv Tyler and Ellen Page in supporting roles (as Frank's estranged wife and Libby respectively). they both turn in good solid performances. However, for me it was the casting of Kevin Bacon as Jacques that really stands out. Mr Bacon puts in a tour de force performance as the drug dealing bad guy who hoodwinks Frank's wife and triggers Frank's descent into becoming a masked super hero. Jacque is a perfect bad guy - he is likeable, sleazy, slick, handsome and despicable in equal doses. A perverse antithesis to Frank who is none of those things. Perfect casting.
I liked this film. It is thought-provoking, intelligent, violent and darkly comic. Perhaps not a suitable choice if you're looking for mindless escapism but I'll recommend it all the same.
For me, the difference can be summed up in one sentence: KICKASS, despite its dark moments, is at heart a funny, feel-good movie; SUPER, despite its comic moments, is at heart a dark tragedy.
Anyone who thinks that one of these movies is a ripoff of the other hasn't seen them. They start from the same basic premise, then shoot off in totally different directions.
If you've seen one of them and liked it, I'm pretty sure you'll also like the other - but you'll find you have a definite favourite.
I like them both. Giving SUPER four stars instead of five is purely a matter of personal preference - I preferred the lightness of touch in KICKASS, and I really, really, REALLY wish that SUPER hadn't... um... no, I can't say more without a major spoiler.
I like SUPER, and I'm glad I bought it, and I'll watch it several more times, I'm sure. But each time, I'll probably watch KA afterwards to cheer myself up again.
But anyway, DEFINITELY recommended!!!
This film is pretty dark and sad, although there is humour here too. Its different, its weird, and it certainly was not what I was expecting, but nonetheless I liked it and will certainly watch it again.
Frank comes home one day and finds that she is gone, he asks the police to help, but they point out that she has not been kidnapped but has left him. So Frank gets inspired by a television evangelical Super Hero' The Holy Avenger' (Thanks Jesus!) to become a Super Hero. Not knowing where to begin he visits a comic book store where he meets Libby (a potty mouthed Ellen Page). Soon he discovers the hero inside and things start to roller coast as he becomes `The Crimson Bolt'!
This is a genuinely funny film, with some painfully funny slapstick and lines that are so cheesy you just wish you had said it first. We have a rubbish car that is transformed into a Super Hero Mobil merely by changing its name to `The Bolt Mobile!' Sorry you have to put exclamation marks after anything to do with Super Heroes - it's the law! See I told you. We also have issues of addiction, love, some severely unfunny violence and a helluva lot of warmth, as well as some Super Hero Sex!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many wrong turns in the is movie, that tries to be cute, just avoid and watch Kickass instead.Published 2 months ago by Vincent
I really enjoyed this film. I thought it sounded like it would be a bit like Kick Ass, but in reality, although both films feature someone deciding to be a real life super hero... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A L H
Really like this film. Action, drama, comedy and pathos ... well worth a look.Published 6 months ago by Mark One
Awesomely hard hitting "what if" movie like Kick Ass but for adults rather than teens! Very satisfying for fans of action!Published 7 months ago by Tony