Short order cook Frank (Rainn Wilson) is unable to cope after his ex-addict wife, Sarah (Liv Tyler), is stolen by a
seductive drug dealer named Jacques (Kevin Bacon). Franks starts to see
his deluded Christian visions as a call to action to become a superhero named the Crimson Bolt who beats the bad guys with
a pipe wrench. He is joined by his beautiful sociopathic sidekick Boltie (Ellen
SUPER is a slow starter. It starts to pick up after Frank become the Crimson Bolt. Ellen
Page does upstage Rain Wilson and steals the film. Too bad we don't see
more scenes with them together whether it is in private (like the seduction scene by Boltie) or more in action as they fight
crime. They would have made a great couple if Frank wasn't so hanged up on winning
his wife back instead of just trying to save her. SUPER does have
good moments including the small part by Nathan Fillion as the Holy Avenger. Still
I think other movies that writer/director James Gunn has been involved in are better like SLITHER or the DAWN OF THE DEAD
remake (which James wrote the script for).
SUPER is about morality. It shows how far the characters will push themselves and where their values lie. Frank
has some limits on how far he will go to stop the bad guys while he must reign in Boltie when she tries to kill a guy who
may or may not have keyed her friend's car. Jacques is willing to compromise his morality even to turning out
Frank's wife as a trick to complete a drug deal. Puny Entertainment's animated title sequence is fun and
I wish some of that fun translated to more fun scenes in the film.
If I chose which film I liked better about
superheros in the real world, I still say KICK-ASS was better than SUPER. KICK-ASS is more fun and yet Ellen Page's
Boltie does give Hit Girl a run for her money when it comes to performance. Too bad SUPER couldn't have shown more of
a Boltie and Crimson Bolt team-up (I blame the small budget and 24 day shooting schedule).
BEHIND THE SCENES- 18 minutes long bts
MAKING OF THE MAIN TITLES- interviews (with Shad Petosky, Julia Vickerman and other animators) and behind-the-scenes on making
the titles with Puny Entertainment as they show how they created it in addition to the Batman style animated sound effects
they created for the climatic battle.
HOW TO FIGHT CRIME- a short featurette
made and shot in Austin, Texas with Rain Wilson, Ellen Page, and
Audio commentary with Writer/ Director
James Gunn and Actor Rainn Wilson discuss the difficulties getting the film made despite known actors getting added and the
Also on the first disc is the theatrical
disc, TV Spot, and a deleted scene
Best Buy bonus disc-
EMERALD CITY COMICON PANEL DISCUSSSION-
an hour long panel with James Gunn and Rainn Wilson
THE MAKING OF "HOW TO FIGHT CRIME"- a short
behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the HOW TO FIGHT CRIME featurette on the first disc
INSIDE THE WORLD OF SUPER- a Best Buy exclusive
SXSW PREMIERE- interviews with James Gunn
and Rain Wilson from SXSW South By Southwest
Two extended scenes that can be skipped
and an extensive poster gallery.
FINAL ANALYSIS: SUPER drags in the beginning to be redeemed when the film does pick up with the story. It's not the best film from James Gunn and yet it is better than some of the other independent stuff
out there. Plenty of extras.
Track down the Best Buy version for the extra disc of extras.
this DVD review is (c)8-13-2011 David
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