With Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong
Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn (based on the comic book by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.)
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
An alternative to the expected is always refreshing. In this fantastic take on the superhero genre, Dave (a young dorky school kid) takes a conversation with his fellow comic book freak friends (on why no-one ever becomes a real super hero) a step further. With no powers or technique, all he really has is an outfit, the will to be more than he is, and a name: Kick-Ass. After a near fatal first go at crime fighting, a clip of him getting his ass kicked hits the Internet and he becomes a cult hero. An ex-cop and his pre-teen daughter has the skills and the firepower, and seems no match for the criminals. They call themselves Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, and decide to back Kick-Ass in a quest to nail the city's criminal mastermind, Frank D'Amito. Wanting to get into the “family business”, D'Amito's son Chris devises a plan to nail Kick-Ass (who with Big Daddy and Hit-Girl is proving to be bad news for their operation), also taking on a superhero persona of Red Mist.
Loaded with intense action plus crass humour, if you're easily offended by a minor using the biggest of swear words, or can't stomach hyped-up screen violence, then this may not be for you (and definitely not for your under 15 kids) – otherwise, this is one hell of a movie and a great antidote to the big budget super-hero spectacles.
What makes this so interesting is that this movie is almost 100% British, even though it has the classic New York style setting and characters.
DVD extras include some very informative making-of segments and interviews with the movie makers.
6 / A
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished