After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.
Super is a tough film to review. It stars Rainn Wilson as a sad sack loser, whose wife, Liv Tyler, who we find out fairly quickly is an ex-addict who leaves him for a seductive drug dealer, who is Kevin Bacon at his most charming and horrible. There’s also a little girl Ellen Page, who works in a comic book shop because Frank decides he needs an alter ego. So we’ve seen this kind of story before of a guy who’s kind of a loser finding sort of an alter ego, I think it’s what Beaver is about too, with Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson, but this is Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, so it’s a significantly different kind of movie. The first half is kind of a cute, sad sack take on every superhero movie, loser-turned-superhero we’ve ever seen, although the superhero has no super powers. I won’t tell you what he uses to enforce his power, because it’s kind of amusing. And then it turns into a Quentin Tarantino splatter fest, including rape, a whole bunch of murders, a whole bunch of stabbings, and I must be honest, I’m not crazy about that combination of humor and violence, but this one is strangely smart, I’m not sure exactly why, and I think it’ll make a lot of money because it’s got I think what a lot of young men are looking for in a film, which is some kind of silliness and some sex and a lot of violence. So my guess is it’ll make scads of money. In terms of reviewing it, a little hard to say. I mean, I think it’s smart, so it gets lots of credit for that, but it is incredibly violent and it does a combination of which I’m not completely comfortable — or not even slightly comfortable, which is violence and humor. So I’ll give it kind of a guarded three stars.