2 August 2011
2010, 96mins, 18
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Cast includes: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker
UK Release Date: 8th July 2011 (Limited)
Unfortunately for “Super” it comes right in the wake of last year’s “Kick-Ass”, a superior picture that covered very similar ground. Director James Gunn had reportedly been sitting on this script for the guts of a decade, so it must have come as a shock to find himself beaten to the punch in the amateur superhero race. However that’s not to say “Super” isn’t worthy of a watch, the big hook being a superb performance from the usually underwhelming Rainn Wilson. Leaving aside his blistering work in TV’s “The Office”, I’ve found Wilson to be an oddly sedate actor, but such preconceptions are jettisoned firmly with “Super”. The film is tonally discombobulated, but Wilson’s ace contribution and Gunn’s ferocious direction keep it amusing until the end.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011