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Kick-Ass 2010

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Inspired by his love of comic books, Dave becomes Kick-Ass, a masked crime fighter despite having no powers. But he's up against Big Daddy and Hit Girl, a father-daughter crime-fighting duo who've declared war on a New York mafioso. Soon he's in a world of bullets where he'll have to live up to his name.

Starring:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Garrett M. Brown
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Matthew Vaughn
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Garrett M. Brown
Supporting actors Evan Peters, Deborah Twiss, Lyndsy Fonseca, Sophie Wu, Elizabeth McGovern, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Stu 'Large' Riley, Johnny Hopkins, Ohene Cornelius, Mark Strong, Michael Rispoli, Corey Johnson, Kenneth Simmons, Anthony Desio, Carlos Besse Peres, Randall Batinkoff, Dexter Fletcher, Clark Duke
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
It's 3 in a row now from director Matthew Vaughan.
Following on from his no nonsense feature debut 'Layer Cake' was the charming 'Stardust' and now this little gem.

Filmed at the same time as the comic was being written; infact the film got finished before the comic in the end - Kick Ass is a refreshing blast of comic book celluloid.

It follows the exploits of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) who one day, decides to become a superhero and inadvertently attracts the attention of a couple of other super dudes called Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and his 11 year old daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz). He then becomes embroiled in their plans to bring down a rather nasty bit of work (portrayed by the ever reliable Mark Strong) as well as being the catalyst for the appearance of another wannabe real life superhero.

Without giving any of the plot away, mark my words when I tell you that if you are in the least bit offended by profanity and excessive, but wonderfully executed hyper kinetic violence - stay away. However if you like both the former and latter as well as an involving story, some laughs and some suprising human drama, then kick back - watch and enjoy Kick Ass.

I only hope that if and when a sequel is released, that it not only lives up to the standard set by this primer but exceeds it.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I will not be covering the storyline - as others seem to have done that fine - but I will say that this film has something for everyone, great storyline, great acting, plenty of action (some might say too much explicit violence - but not me, it suited the plot of the movie). It had humour in the right places, it had edge of you seat drama. The main characters were a treat to watch - let's hope there is a sequel !! You can see this movie has one of the highest star rating of any movie on Amazon.

And it's a British film - see, we can make great movies !!
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Format: DVD
Based on British writer Mark Millar's comic book series, this is an ultraviolent satire from the writer/director team behind 2007's Stardust. Like that film, Kick-Ass tweaks the nipples of genre convention to create something bold, distinctive and memorable. Unlike that film, Kick-Ass's central love story is between a father and daughter, the former educating the latter by shooting her in the chest with a handgun from ten yards.

The plot concerns a normal kid, Dave Lizewski (Nowhere Boy's Aaron Johnson) - not an uber-geek or a ruffian - who dreams of being a superhero. When a mugging leaves his nerve-endings ruined, he unwittingly finds himself allied with the twisted dream team of Big Daddy (Nic Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) as they seek to take down the vicious crime-lord, Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). Impalements, oversized microwaves and dual-handgun ballet ensue.

If film-making is a process of small judgements adding up to a single whole then Goldman and Vaughan get most the decisions right. The pacing is superb, with the snappy, fabulously foul-mouthed script bridging a series of thrillingly inventive set-pieces, chief among which are Hit Girl's introduction as she splatters the walls of a drug den to The Banana Splits theme song (a possible reference to the grandfather of the modern superhero movie, Richard Donner), as well as a first-person perspective rescue mission played out to a re-working of John Murphy's "Kaneda's Death" theme from Danny Boyle's Sunshine.

There are a couple of cons. D'Amico is a familiar mob boss with familiar patriarchal issues; he could have used a perversion or two aside from bloodlust.
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If you're easily offended, or don't like comics/violence/juvenile humour this film isn't for you.

If you like well written, well acted, all out comic style fun with a bit of a twist you'll love it. Don't let the bright colours and comic background styling of the cover fool you (as some seem to have done!), this film is definitely for adults or older teens only. The violence starts off fairly realistic, but quickly goes to comic-y/Kill Bill style when our child protagonist appears. And what an appearance! I haven't fallen for a character so quickly in a long time, and rarely a child. Hit Girl is a joy to watch because of the joy she seems to take in her 'work', (which, by all accounts, Chloe Moretz did) and the score complements the action perfectly to enhance this perception.

I laughed out loud more times than I could count, and winced and groaned a lot too. As well as a lot of violence and 'language' this film has a lot of heart, with characters you can care about - even Red Mist is a fairly sympathetic character for a lot of the film.

This is one of only 3 films I've seen more than once at the cinema and I could have gone another 2/3 times if I had the money/time.

I can't wait for the sequel!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This 'Kick Ass' Steelbook DVD set comes in a cool black metal case, that's tricky to open and probably wouldn't like being trodden on, but it's cool none the less. Inside there's plastic inserts holding three DVDs. One is Blu-ray, and the other two are standard res DVDs: the film and 'disk 2' [the extras]. The 2 hours of bonus features include 'The making of kick-ass: A new kind of Superhero [114 mins]', The artwork of Kick-ass [storyboard and designs], the Director's commentary, and 'The comic origins of Kick-ass' featurette. The extras are on both the Blu-ray and split across the two standard DVDs, with the Blu-ray and disk 2 DVD giving ~2h of extras, while the standard film DVD has another 20 minutes of them [plus the movie of course]. The Blu-ray disk is 1080 hi-def 2.4:1 widescreen, English DTS-HD 5.1 audio, with English subtitles and English Audio description track 2 only. The DVD is English 5.1 audio with English SDH subtitles. No other languages supported. 'Special features' also include 'English Dolby Digital 2' audio. The movie run time is 1h 58mins on Blu-ray, and rated 15. As you would expect the Blu-ray looks great on my teenage sons hi-def+PS3 system, and we are happy with the standard DVDs universal play on our other systems. There doesn't seem to be an 'iPod' friendly compressed digital version of the film though [which could lose a star for some].

And to the movie itself, well it's kind of a vulgar, violent and puerile version of 'Watchmen' [OK that film was even more violent and puerile], but Kick-ass is great fun none the less and has surprisingly sensitive moments amongst the carnage.
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