THE PLOT THUS FAR
When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson, The Office), a short-order cook, sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler, The Lord of the Rings) willingly snatched away by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he 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 (Ellen Page, Juno) 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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Frank D’Arbo lives a pretty miserable existence. He has just two happy memories in his entire life – marrying his wife Sarah and pointing a police officer in the right direction of a suspect. So when Sarah, a stripper and former junkie, leaves him for her boss Jacques, he loses all faith. But during a chance epiphany, he realizes his true calling is to be a superhero – the Crimson Bolt – and fight against those committing any sort of crime, whether it be drug dealing, underage rape or even butting in-line at the movies.
The Crimson Bolt’s weapon of choice is a pipe wrench. It seems goofy and kind of silly at first, but then he’s actually bashing people over the head with a pipe wrench until they’re bleeding and/or unconscious. Eventually, sweet lovable frank becomes a morally ambiguous hero, especially after he decides to teach the guy who butted in line at the movie theater a thing or two. This certainly makes “Super” a more complicated film, but it also creates a definite discomfort. Enter Ellen Page as the over-zealous comic book shop girl who inserts herself into the equation as Frank’s kid sidekick Boltie. She not only attempts to seduce Frank, but she has an even more unrealistic notion of the violence she seeks to create. Together, they serve as a catalyst for the black comedy elements and the campy gore. Both Wilson and Page push themselves in positive ways with their roles. Page leaves her dry wit comfort zone for some outrageous antics and Wilson shows some range with Frank’s emotional side. Their radically different notions of what being a superhero is about leads to great hilarity and disturbing conflict.
The Blu-Ray comes with a trailer, TV spot, deleted scenes, featurettes and commentary with James Gunn and Rainn Wilson. The A/V Quality is far better than the arthouse theater I watched in, while the rest of you probably caught the On Demand airings. Still, it’s a new flick from the guys that did “Slither”. Nobody does gore and black humor like James Gunn anymore and I’ll support that across all endeavors he attempts. “Super” is one you’re going to buy. Especially, if you dig crystal clear 1080p transfers.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!