Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

An ultra-violent, foul-mouthed action-comedy (based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar), Kick-Ass is about unnoticed high school student, Dave (British newbie Aaron Johnson), who decides to become a real-life superhero after being inspired by his favourite comics.

He encounters a mysterious vigilante called Big-Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), who are working to bring down the drug baron, Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). Director Matthew Vaughn first brought the project to Sony, which distributed his Layer Cake, but the studio balked at the violence. Vaughn refused to tone down it down, however, and so raised the money for the multi-million dollar film himself.

2010Rating: R18+, contains graphic violence, drug use and offensive language 117 minsUSA
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Kick-Ass / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Equal parts audacious dark comedy, wish-fulfillment fantasy and over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek action-adventure.

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TVNZ

TVNZ

What if the superhero in your neck of the woods really was the guy next door?

And what if he really didnt have any special powers other than a desire to make a difference and live upto his love of comic books?

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Total Film

Total Film

Hyper-violent, hyper-knowing and just plain hyper, Kick-Ass marks a bold costume-change for the superhero movie but veers clear of pastiche or parody. For best results, view with a large audience. You will cheer. Guaranteed.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Superhero movie reinvented as gory comedy? Works out well.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Its balancing act between innocence and gore perfectly matches the expectations of genre fans, who should embrace the movie.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A ridiculously entertaining, perfectly paced, ultra-violent cinematic rush that kicks the places other movies struggle to reach.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

Startlingly violent, gleefully profane, horribly funny, and occasionally quite brilliant. But the story should have yielded a darker, tougher, and smarter film than this.

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