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Nicolas Cage
Aaron Johnson
Mark Strong
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Chloe Moretz

Special Features:
Ass-Kicking Bonus View
Matthew Vaughn Audio Commentary
A New Kind Of Superhero: The Making Of
It's On! The Comic Book Origin Of Kick-Ass
The Art Of Kick-Ass
Marketing Archive
And More!

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 7.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Run Time: 117 min
Rating: R

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
"How come nobody's ever tried to be a superhero?" When Dave Lizewski - ordinary New York teenager and rabid comic-book geek - dons a green-and-yellow Internet-bought wetsuit to become the no-nonsense vigilante Kick-Ass, he soon finds an answer to his own question: because it hurts. But, over coming all the odds, the eager yet inexperienced Dave quickly becomes a phenomenon, capturing the imagination of the public. However, he's not the only superhero out there - the fearless and highly trained father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, have been slowly but surely taking down the criminal empire of local mafioso Frank D'Amico. And, as Kick-Ass gets drawn into their no-holds-barred world of bullets and bloodletting with Frank's son Chris, now reborn as Kick-Ass's arch-nemesis Red Mist, the stage is set for a final showdown between the forces of good and evil, in which the DIY hero will have to live up to his name. Or die trying...

Quick Review:
I had high hopes for this film. Perhaps too high. A subversive comic, a high gore factor, a decidedly non-kiddie and non-traditional approach to superheroes. It's still not a bad film and has some really spectacular set pieces, but the whole thing is pretty discombobulated.

Director Matthew Vaughn can't decide whose story he's telling, and the juxtaposition of lowbrow humor and tongue-in-cheek pop culture references with real blood and bone-crunching violence is jarring. It doesn't help that the central character is the least interesting person on the screen. Much has been made of Chloe Moretz's pint-sized assassin Hit Girl, and with good reason. She anchors the film, and it's in her character that we get any kind of emotional connection. Aaron Johnson as the titular nebbish high-schooler turned viral-video superhero sensation is...well, he's boring and wishy-washy.

I yearned for a sequence out of "Wanted" in which the schmuck learns to become a badass, perhaps at Hit Girl's tuition, but I was denied. Nicolas Cage adopts a weird and mildly off-putting vocal mannerism while in costume as Big Daddy and Christoper Mintz-Plasse seemed out of his depth as the son of a crimelord putting on superhero togs of his own to help his father nail Kick-Ass. The whole thing has fun moments and exciting sequences but it all kind of falls to pieces, and without a strong narrative or emotional thread to hang my hat on, it left me kind of cold.

Say what you want about the movie itself, but the extras...well, kick ass. The DVD features a Bonusview mode, which allows you to view the film plus bonus material and commentary all at the same time in split-screening and layering. It's wicked cool, although you won't get the entirety of Vaughn's eminently worth a listen commentary track (you'll have to go to the commentary track itself to hear all of it). Then there are a whopping two hours of Making Of documentary that trace the film from inception to execution. A bit much, perhaps, but you can't accuse them of skimping. Some additional features about the comic book's origins and some promotional materials round things out. A fan of the film couldn't ask for more.

In Conclusion:
The film is really uneven, and suffers from multiple-personality syndrome. It's saved by some really memorable secondary characters and some great action sequences, but in the end the whole thing feels assembled from a few different takes on the same idea. The DVD extras are really stellar, though.

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