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on January 31, 2011
We''ve all seen the "zero to hero" storyline a hundred times before, but I must say that this is the most refreshing take on the superhero origin that I''ve ever seen. Never quite a pure satire, this film doesn't really play it straight either as it moves back and forth between hilarious comedy and brutal action while always giving us characters we can care about. The only thing I can really compare it to is Kill Bill, and even that's not really appropriate. This one of a kind movie will take you on a unique, fun journey, provided you're willing to leave the beaten path.

Matthew Vaughn wrote and shot a great story, but the film wouldn't have worked nearly so well without such a stellar cast. Aaron Johnson keeps Dave a likeable teenager amidst all the craziness that surrounds him and Nicolas Cage delivers his best performance in years as Big Daddy. As wonderful as it is to watch these two skirt the line between superheroes and guys playing dress up, it's Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl that steals the show. The vicious killer who's also an innocent child could've gone wrong in any number of ways, but her performance carries it through.

Extras
This thing is absolutely loaded with bonus features. The featurettes range from ok to fascinating and cover every element of the film. Vaughn's commentary is more informative than entertaining but it does provide some really good insights into his process. Finally, the 'Bonus View' mode is actually worth checking out as it intercuts the commentary track with various interviews and behind-the-scenes looks. A fan really couldn't ask for anything more on this disc.

Presentation
While certainly not a big-budget spectacle, this movie is still well served by the Blu-Ray format. The comic-book style colour palate shines in HD and the set pieces, engaging to begin with, really pop on this disk. Vaughn favours long shots over the schizophrenic editting so many action films lean on and his steady visuals really deserve the clearest possible picture.

Bottom Line
This movie is not for everyone, but that's the price you pay for creating something so unique. If you can accept that a film can be simultaneously ridiculous, visceral, and heartfelt then this one's sure to please.
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The beginning of the movie is Quentin Tarantino does Napoleon Dynamite, without the annoying flashbacks, just annoying first person narration. The first person narration eventually goes away. A geek kid decides to become a superhero, and as in real life he doesn't get superhero results. When he is faced with certain death he is saved by an 11 year old girl in a mask(Hit Girl). This is a remarkable scene as the sound track plays the music from the Banana Splits. Yes, the sound track helped make the movie.

The initial scene with Nicolas Cage was also a great scene. In order to be a big hit, a movie needs a few great scenes and no bad scenes. I believe this film will be a cult classic. I thought the teen acting was all excellent except for the Red Mist. His bad acting was made up for by a sensational performance by Hit Girl (Dakota Fanning move over) who owned every scene she was in.

The nudity mentioned on the box must refer to the quick glimpse we get of "National Geographic porno" we see on the computer while our hero has his pants at his ankles. Frequent f-bomb.
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on May 15, 2011
I agree with Mr. Horton's review (see above); this movie is not for the squeamish and should not be taken
too seriously, but enjoyed for what it is: an over the top camp on old comic book heroes,
very entertaining; I was hesitant to watch it at first because I expected one of those high school
movies lame both in content and direction; it was the opposite; set aside the predictable beginning about three
nerds who are picked on at school, the story quickly and surprisingly unravels into a Quentin Tarentino type
of excessive, comic violence, hyper action comedy that won't leave you bored for a second; Finally,
a director who wasn't afraid to be controversial and go all out in telling a comic book story as it was meant
to be (in our minds as teenagers); I'm surprised someone in puritanical Hollywood managed to get this film out;
it's about as opposite to Disney (whom I liked as a kid) as you can get, and I LOVED it!! If you like entertainment no holds barred, irreverent, that doesn't take itself seriously but that promises to take you for a crazy, outrageous fun ride, that's the movie for you; no "family values, right wing platitudes" here; Mr Tarentino must have loved this one :-)
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on June 5, 2011
This movie is not for the squeamish, those sensitive to violence or swearing. That said it is a very entertaining and interesting movie touching on the themes of being a good samaritan and internet celebrity. A teenager wonders to his friends why no one has ever donned a costume and become a crime fighting superhero in real life. He soon discover's why with terrifying consequences. The film does provide what every comic book fan wants, the comic story brought to life with all its grit and warts intact, including an 11 year old swearing assassin. Nicolas Cages stars as Big Daddy in a performance one can actually enjoy while Chloe Grace Moretz virtually steals the show with her scenes as Hit Girl. Yes the movie is disturbing on many levels but it is also deeply entertaining.
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on September 30, 2014
Beware ...this is a great small film, but has a very darker tone that works on so many levels.
But not a film for comicbook watching audiences members (i.e. young boys/kds) who watch 'Iron Man' type movies ...as this movie has a darker, yet still entertaining (even humorous) tone that deals with another side of the superhero craze out there.

Nick Cage is brilliant, Chloë Grace Moretz (at 13yrs) is also brilliant.
Some will recognize (a more adult) Aaron Taylor-Johnson from the current 'Godzilla'.

Highly recommend this film ....just beware of the darker tone (not for young kids), as the marketing material can be alittle deceiving.
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on August 2, 2014
Outstanding movie with great roles played by both main father, daughter characters. A somewhat surreal setting using a lethal tongue in cheek humor used to keep this cutting edge movie riveted in your seat. All other characters were also very well played and believable to an extent. This is a movie I'd recommend over and over again, a must watch.
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on April 11, 2013
it has everything, love interests, comedy, drama, sadness etc. so many unexpected scenes that i didnt see coming that blew me away, Nick cage is really fine in this movie but Im a huge fan and think he is so damn sexy so that isnt fair to rate him but he was good in this movie, hopefully a part two comes out soon
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon December 21, 2014
Brilliant movie. Great action sequences. Superb dialogues. Awesome attitude. This movie shows that behind every strong superhero, there is a vulnerable human. Excellent performances by the young actors, and Nic Cage is at the top of his game.
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on August 10, 2013
This was a great movie and one that surprised a lot of people with the language and graphical gory scenes considering the age of some of the actors. Kick Ass 2 is coming and a third sequel is in the works as well.
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on May 2, 2014
One of my favorite action or super-hero movies. It is shocking, novel, entertaining and very well acted. The action sequences are exhilarating. For mature audiences only, as the violence is truly shocking.
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