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SUPER

USA, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Night Shift)

Director: James Gunn

The Crimson Bolt is here to fight crime, the only way he knows how - with a pipe wrench.

After Frank's wife (Liv Tyler) is lured into drug addiction by her sleazy ex-boyfriend (Kevin Bacon), Frank (Rainn Wilson) decides enough is enough. With the aid of a helpful - if somewhat sadistic - comic store clerk named Libby (Ellen Page), Frank becomes the Crimson Bolt, embarking on a wrench-wielding, spectacularly violent quest to save his wife.

Styled as superhero film meets grindhouse cinema, and directed by former Troma writer James Gunn (Tromeo and Juliet), this is a thoroughly enjoyable, extremely gory and oddly heartfelt film about two misfits trying to find their costumed place in the world. Mixing bloody slapstick with affectionate genre homage, Super is the last word in the dark amateur superhero genre.

D/S James Gunn P Miranda Bailey, Ted Hope Dist Village Roadshow Entertainment TD 35mm/2010

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