After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler
James Gunn, previously known for writing such films as Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead (remake), Slither, Tromeo and Juliet, among other films, returns with Super, a film about a superhero without powers, but with good intentions.
This film, which stars actors such as Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon and more, is a seriously dark, black comedy / action film with more much to the film that just a black comedy expecting to get laughs from some seriously dark humor.
Not everything that writer/director James Gunn tries here works, but he deserves credit for trying to add a bizarre new wrinkle to the normal guy who becomes a superhero concept. While the majority of the jokes are misses, there are enough hits to keep you entertained throughout the movie and leave you glued to your seat wondering what will happen next.
The film also suffers from trying to do too much within its 91 minutes runtime. It would have done itself a favor by slimming down the storyline a little and sticking to the major points that the plot needed. That is a small complaint though considering how much the film did have going for it.
Overall, the acting was well above average with solid roles being turned in by Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page. As a side note, Ellen Page is turning into one of my favorite actresses in Hollywood.
And before you start to say that this is another Kick-Ass, Super does plenty to set itself apart from all of the other “normal” superhero films and will worth an addition to your collection.