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Super

(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Frank, a short-order cook, sees his ex-addict wife snatched away by a seductive drug dealer. Frank finds himself bereft and unable to cope, but he decides to fight back under the guise of a do-it-yourself superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a red hand-made suit, a wrench, a crazed sidekick named Boltie and absolutely nothing in the way of superpowers, Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.
Publisher: New York, NY : IFC Films : MPI Media Group [distributor], [2011]
ISBN: 0788611747
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE S
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Who doesn't want to be a hero? Well, diner cook Frank D'Arbo played by The Office's Rainn Wilson for one. He's too upset over losing his recovering addict wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) to the drug dealing Jacques (Kevin Bacon). After receiving possibly one of the most bizarre visions ever, Frank dons a ... Read More »


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Oct 03, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Better than "Kick Ass",
...and a lot smarter.
More pithy than just a 'spoof'.

I agree with the good reviews by 'lasertravis' and 'Monolith' (see below).

Aug 26, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Before helming one of the summer's biggest movies ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), James Gunn directed a pair of twisted, tongue in cheek genre films that combined violence with dark humor, "Slither" and "Super." "Super" has some similarities with "Kick-Ass," but is more satiric. Basically the premise is that if an ordinary man, in this case a sad sack whose wife has left him, donned a costume and fought crime, he'd probably be a psychopath. Rainn Wilson plays the hero as a kind of homicidal, mentally unbalanced Dwight Schrute, Ellen Page is his plucky, equally unstable partner, Liv Tyler his faithless wife, Kevin Bacon, in full sleaze mode, the shady drug dealer he has to take down, and Bubbles from "The Wire" is a cook. It doesn't always work and there is some pretty graphic violence, but the actors are good and I think Gunn was trying to do something different and a little subversive with what has become one of the dominant movie narratives of our time. It also has some similarities with "Observe and Report," in which a deluded mall cop starts acting like a real cop.

Jan 27, 2014
  • LindaHolland rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Be warned! This movie is nowhere near what the trailers would lead you to believe. I expected a quirky, off-beat comedy and while there were some funny moments it was mostly very disturbing and graphic violence. I'm not sure what the real meaning of the story was ... violence begets violence? Good performances although Liv Tyler didn't do much beyond playing a drugged out victim of a drug lord.

Aug 21, 2013
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This has some great actors and really funny performances (Ellen Page and Kevin Bacon are particularly good) but the movie didn't work for me. It seems to be James Gunn's take on the ridiculous vengeful vigilantism of super heroes. It wasn't a lot of fun, though. Mostly disturbing and not for any particular reason.

Dec 28, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this movie. Not what I expected. Better. Similar to a low budget Kick Ass. Graphic violence throughout intermixed with some truly funny moments. Kind of a basic plot, but well done by all involved. The story was much more violent than I expected it to be, so beware of that. Emily Page is great as the psycho sidekick.

Dec 26, 2012
  • neonkc rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

oh man no good

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was cracking up through most of this superhero spoof. Rainn Wilson, co-executive producer, was perfectly suited for the role of the super-dork "Crimson Bolt". Ellen Page was really cute (although a tad sadistic) as his sidekick "Bolty". (I can't believe what happened to her!) Kevin Bacon always makes a convincing scumbag/villain (the '94 flick, "The River Wild", w/Meryl Streep, comes to mind). Small part for Liv Tyler. Personally, I didn't find it necessary to ridicule Christianity, but apparently they did. And evidently *NOT* for *ANY* persons with *NO* sense of humor.

I returned this item in a different case.

Oct 30, 2012
  • chuckamundo rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

HUH !? I don't get it. A cheap, pathetic, no budget movie that was NOT funny at all. There's something wrong if you think this is comedy in any form. The woody harrelson movie was on a higher level (at least on any level) than this "movie". I feel sorry for Mr. Bacon stooping to acting on this level, he must be really broke and desperate for this kind of work. A great way to trash your name & acting career, sorry Mr. Bacon. NOT for any audience with ANY sort of taste in entertainment, including "kiddies".

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frank D'Arbo/Crimson Bolt (to Jacques): "You don't butt in line! You don't sell drugs! You don't molest little children! You don't profit off the misery of others! The rules were set a long time ago! They DON'T CHANGE!!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frank D'Arbo (to Sarah): "I kinda think happiness is... overrated... People spend their whole lives chasing it... like it's the most important thing in the world... Happy people are kind of... arrogant..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frank D'Arbo/Crimson Bolt: "Shut up, crime... Here's The Crimson Bolt... crime..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Detective Felkner (to Frank D'Arbo): "Listen, pal, sometimes it's better just to accept these things. Sometimes the best way to forget about someone you care about is to fill the void with someone you 'don't' quite so much... Hmm?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frank D'Arbo (crying in the mirror after Sarah left): "People look stupid when they cry..."

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