SUPER (2010)

Directed by James Gunn

Starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon

 

 

A normal everyday man turns himself into a superhero to “shut up crime” and to get his wife back.

Rainn Wilson plays The Crimson Bolt and waits around town for crime to happen, and when it does he shuts it up, perhaps not in a conventional superhero way. His trusty weapon, a wrench, provides the ammunition as he goes around hitting people in the face with it. Like Kick-Ass (2010), which came out a few months before this, it shows the journey of someone becoming a superhero with no powers and trying to learn the ropes to become successful on the right side of the law.

The cast in the film is quite impressive with Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon all having main roles as well as some supporting roles from Michael Rooker and Nathan Fillion. Ellen Page easily delivers the best performance in the film with her strange and crazy performance that gets darker throughout the film.

The film as a whole is a mash of dark humour and violence – most of the time combined together. There is a lot of blood and horrific injuries in this film that I wasn’t quite expecting and perhaps wasn’t needed. However that is what sets this film apart from other superhero films.

I would put Kickass ahead of this purely for the action but this was worth a watch. Fans of Superhero films and Ellen Page will enjoy this but do expect some gore.

 

 

Film Fact

 

Nathan Fillion’s character of The Holy Avenger has a devil nemesis in the film called Demonswill and is played by the director James Gunn.