IFC Midnight | Release Date: April 1, 2011
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George-rootsJun 25, 2013
To clear up all the report's all those people who are saying He's ripping off "Kick-Ass", Here's the explanation.

Director James Gunn had wrote the scipt in 2002 but had major problems getting it greenlit due to the nature of it's content.
To clear up all the report's all those people who are saying He's ripping off "Kick-Ass", Here's the explanation.

Director James Gunn had wrote the scipt in 2002 but had major problems getting it greenlit due to the nature of it's content. Mark Millar (Kick-Ass Creator) knows this because he is friends with Gunn and even showed the movie at his "Kapow!" comic book convention.

In my eyes this is as good as the Kick-Ass Film (The Kick-Ass comic however is way superior, but that is not relevant). Nevertheless there are a few other DIY superhero movies such as "Defendor", Hero At Large" and "Special", all of which pre-date both Kick-Ass and Super so it just makes me wonder why Super is under such heat...

Either way lets crack on with the review.

Cafe Grill-Cook Frank (Rainn Wilson) is a Christian man who has only had 2 highlights in an otherwise unfair life, 1. his marriage to Sarah (Liv Tyler) 2. Helping an Officer who lost the trail of a handbag theif. Sarah is a recovering Drug addict who then falls into the clutches of a strip-club owner Jacques (Kevin Bacon) and his gang (among them is "Abe" played by the awesome Michael Rooker).

Despite Frank's many plea's and method's to try and get Sarah back, they work to no avail. eventually after seeing "The Holy Avenger" (Kinda-like Bible Man) he has a vision where he is "Touched by the Finger of God" and is inspired to become "The Crimson Bolt" a crime fighter who in the lamest sense smacks people square in the face with a pipe wrench, all to realistic, gory over-the-topness.

Getting all his Knowledge from comic-book shop worker Libby (Ellen Page) who eventually becomes Frank's sidekick "Boltie", both of them fight crime, fail, succeed, train and work their way towards Frank's goal of getting Sarah back.

Though the Film came out in America back in 2010, it has only just made a release in the U.K as a straight to DVD release, Nevertheless late is better than never and in a nutshell, I really enjoyed it.

Don't Forget this is James Gunn (The Guy who wrote and directed those 2 really bad live-action Sccoby-Doo movies), here he is really letting his hair down and the result is over-the-top goryness that isn't afraid to completely let loose and have fun with itself.

Rainn Wilson (Dwight from the U.S version of "The Office") is a really entertaining lead and likable character, however i don't like Ellen Page's character who is without a doubt 10X more meniacle than Hit-Girl of Kick-Ass fame.

Kevin Bacon is again in another role which totally lies in his element, Liv Tyler (for whatever reason is down played alot) is lovely as always, and Rooker is subtle as ever (not that it's really a big part he nevertheless is just doing what he always doing, and for this kind of movie that's all he needs).

Other than that, the film has this quirky, surreal vibe to which it parodies the 60's Batman effects (often to hilarious bloody effect) and uncomfortable WTF moments.

Final Verdict: For what it is (An Indie Movie) it sure has fun with itself, and it's cool to see these kind's of films can be done so well even where there filmed on a micro-budget.
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MarcDoyleApr 7, 2011
The film is warped. It had the makings of some absurd fun, and it is fun at points, but the pacing just sucks, and the thread that pulls the whole thing together is far too kinky. The Ellen Page bits are by far the best parts of the movie.The film is warped. It had the makings of some absurd fun, and it is fun at points, but the pacing just sucks, and the thread that pulls the whole thing together is far too kinky. The Ellen Page bits are by far the best parts of the movie. The violence, incidentally, is surprisingly graphic for a movie like this. Why so many big name actors signed on to this sucker is beyond me - maybe they're all friends of the creative team. I wouldn't bother. Expand
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MrCookApr 23, 2011
This film was pretty insane. The story is pretty similar to Kick-Ass, the nerdy guy who tries to be a superhero with no powers. Super is a little more violent than Kick-Ass, but it lacks a lot of charm. Rainn Wilson was pretty good as aThis film was pretty insane. The story is pretty similar to Kick-Ass, the nerdy guy who tries to be a superhero with no powers. Super is a little more violent than Kick-Ass, but it lacks a lot of charm. Rainn Wilson was pretty good as a superhero, he's better than being a rock star for sure. He uses his same Dwight Schrute attitude to fight so-called crime with no superpowers, but a pipe wrench. Kevin Bacon was pretty good as the drug dealer who steals his wife from him. Ellen Page is probably what made this film funny, and not so much Rainn WIlson's stupidity as a superhero. Ellen was great as comic fan who loves violence and justice. Without a doubt one of her fiestiest roles ever. There were some good funny scenes with Rainn WIlson, it usual happens when he's first starting out as a hero. This film is really violent though. There is so much head-bashing and explosions. It was kinda funny seeing the action words pop up, but it seemed they kinda forgot to bring them back during the action sequences later in the movie. In the end, this was just okay. It was pretty funny and somewhat exciting until the last 20 minutes, where its gets extreme and really violent. A warped movie, but this Rainn Wilson film is far better than The Rocker. Expand
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AkutoJun 24, 2013
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm not gonna bother explaining this movie to you, I'll just summarize the plot with a couple spoilers. A man has religious hallucinations and starts breaking people's skulls for crimes ranging from child molestation to cutting in line. It looks like he might get caught and learn it was crazy all along, for a little while. Then a cop is shot to death in his house, he murders his way through a ranch full of criminals to take back his wife, gets his young accomplice killed, and leaves. Then the movie ends with a saccharine sweet monologue about how he was right all along and what a beautiful life his actions created for him. With logic like that I don't even feel the need to touch on the insane shifts in tone and moral ambiguity. It was a shame, because I almost liked this movie while I thought the loose ends would get wrapped up in a healthy dose of real-world. Expand
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SummersausageJan 12, 2013
I expected an indie kick-ass and it was. It was also a bad version of kick-ass. Not to say kick-ass was anything special in the first place, but this did not have any thing that was special or fun or anything else it was trying to be.
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BradySmithJul 14, 2013
What a strange, problematic, frustrating, and yet extremely entertaining movie. The cast fits their parts well, and it's funny to see Ellen Page be a crazily violent psychopath because it's so completely opposite of most of the charactersWhat a strange, problematic, frustrating, and yet extremely entertaining movie. The cast fits their parts well, and it's funny to see Ellen Page be a crazily violent psychopath because it's so completely opposite of most of the characters she plays. It's also funny most of the time when Rainn Wilson is dressed as his superhero alter ego. He makes some pretty stupid and shocking yet funny decisions. This is also one gory movie. There's even a scene where Ellen Page nearly smashes someone with a statue in nearly the same way Alex killed the cat lady in a clockwork orange. Now I'll get into the problems. First off, the movie both makes fun of and embraces Christianity at the same time, which is probably the weirdest and most hypocritical perspective I've ever seen a movie take. You shouldn't make fun of God at all, and you definitely can't have it both ways. A major character dies that just shouldn't have ,which is annoying but I won't tell you who, and the ending is depressing. Not trying to give spoilers but it was and not even in a comedic way. It was very poignant and so sad that I nearly cried. So what do we have here? A movie with great characters, very dark comedy, and lots of entertainment value mixed with insurmountable and annoying problems. I liked it, but it's a far cry from what could have been. Expand
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TokyochuchuMay 7, 2012
Super is an entertaining yet unbalanced movie. It treads the same ground as Kick Ass (a nerd becomes a powerless superhero) but doesn't reach the same heights. A fair point is made by making the two 'heroes' utterly psychotic, but this leavesSuper is an entertaining yet unbalanced movie. It treads the same ground as Kick Ass (a nerd becomes a powerless superhero) but doesn't reach the same heights. A fair point is made by making the two 'heroes' utterly psychotic, but this leaves the picture without a truly likable character to root for. Super's fearlessness does work to it's advantage, though. There are constant surprises to be had and you're never quite sure how things are going to close out. I also get the suspicion that this is a movie that will get funnier every time you watch it. Still not what I would call a 'great' film, though. Expand
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jimmytancrediAug 11, 2011
The movie's aesthetic is interesting; it starts a comedy apparently pretentious and slapstick, however the screenplay goes pushing on you and the movie keeps creating a way that you don't except, ending like a convincing drama. Right beforeThe movie's aesthetic is interesting; it starts a comedy apparently pretentious and slapstick, however the screenplay goes pushing on you and the movie keeps creating a way that you don't except, ending like a convincing drama. Right before the end I though "damn the guy kinda screwed all up, lost his team girl and all that only to save the woman who was despising him" but the end was really persuasive. Cool, the script much goes right so as much as it fails, but there are moments which are good, like the surreal divine messages, the heroic Christians episodes, nevertheless the violence really visceral. The initial comparisons with Kick-Ass are inevitable, but there is something more human and believable, the end just proves it. Expand
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HalfwelshmanAug 7, 2011
Super is strange to say the least. The premise is completely conventional nowadays - a nobody decides to become a superhero and fight crime despite a complete lack of skill. The problem with any film that follows this formula from now on isSuper is strange to say the least. The premise is completely conventional nowadays - a nobody decides to become a superhero and fight crime despite a complete lack of skill. The problem with any film that follows this formula from now on is that it's not Kick-Ass. To be fair to Super, it's not trying to be Kick-Ass. It's more satirical, but also far darker. Every character has some form of mania that drives them, whether it's Wilson's religious epiphanes, Tyler's dependence on drugs or Page's full-blown insanity. The performance highlights of the film are Nathan Fillion's bizarre turn as a TV evangelical superhero, and Ellen Page who is just plain terrifying (and who is the dark heart of the film). It's often funny but other jokes are misjudged, the pacing of the film is a bit off and it's just too depraved. It might appeal to some, and I can see what it was trying to be, but Super goes a little too far for me. Expand
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Jman4Aug 17, 2011
This film is bizarre, absurd and ridiculous. However, all the actors do an excellent job, the action scenes are extravagant and entertaining, and there a quite a few laughs along the way. This film has extremely dark humor and almost feelsThis film is bizarre, absurd and ridiculous. However, all the actors do an excellent job, the action scenes are extravagant and entertaining, and there a quite a few laughs along the way. This film has extremely dark humor and almost feels unnecessarily grim, and the main character (Rainn Wilson who does a superb job) is demented and insane, as well as his sidekick, Boltie (Ellen Page, who is also amazing). Gruesome, dark and depressing at some points, the movie can drag along and feel slow, but then pick back up with excitement or murder. A roller coaster, some parts are great, some fall flat, but overall, this movie is average. I'd say it's worth seeing if you like dark humor, or the movie "Kick-Ass" as "Super" follows the same underdog-civilian-who-becomes-a-superhero formula. Overall, an average movie, some of the gore and death feels out of place or unneeded, but everything ties together for a fantastic conclusion, and amazing actors portray their characters well enough to save this movie from the brink of simply being depressing and warped. Expand
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moviekretikNov 2, 2011
Shut Up Crime! With a recent emergence of superhero movies aiming to be grittier and more realistic, Super is arguably the most accurate portrayal of what would happen if someone without powers or insane amounts of money decided to be aShut Up Crime! With a recent emergence of superhero movies aiming to be grittier and more realistic, Super is arguably the most accurate portrayal of what would happen if someone without powers or insane amounts of money decided to be a superhero. Super is super realistic...and super dark! The single solitary downfall of this movie is that it completely disregards expectations, but I'm pretty sure it couldn't have been done any other way. How do you advertise for a movie that is a perfect mix of drama, comedy, tragedy, thriller, parody and character-based gore-fest? How do you tell the uninformed movie-goer that what they're about to see is going to challenge them in ways that a super-hero movie could never be expected to? Casual movie goers may get turned off by the gritty violence and somewhat convoluted message. Yet the fun, the humor, the strength of character and the way Gunn challenges thematic notions raised by most superhero films definitely elevates "Super" in a way that suggests its future will be as "cult favorite" as opposed to "lauded superhero spoof." Expand
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SuperheroMoviesAug 30, 2013
Being a low-budgeted independent film, Super has a surprising amount of mildly dark and amusing humor that works on many occasions, and a zealous lead in Rainn Wilson.
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ShaneryankellyAug 6, 2013
While at times the jokes may stray too far into tastelessness for the script’s lofty spiritual aspirations, it is, surprisingly, an endearing and entertaining movie that manages to discuss some pretty hefty themes of responsibility and wishWhile at times the jokes may stray too far into tastelessness for the script’s lofty spiritual aspirations, it is, surprisingly, an endearing and entertaining movie that manages to discuss some pretty hefty themes of responsibility and wish fulfillment through a lens which is at times unique, at times brutal, at times childish, and at times truly meaningful.

read my full review here: http://filmtastic.tv/2013/06/28/review-super-2010/
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weirdcryoSep 27, 2016
I really liked the movie but there are a lot of problems in the cinematography that really annoyed me through the whole film, in other they were perfectly done but it was hard to remove the bad taste from the bad ones.
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