DVD Review: Kick-Ass

By Drum Digital
01 September 2010

Rating 4/5

Action. 2010. 113 min. With Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas

Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong. Director: Matthew Vaughn. 16lvd.

A nerdy New York teen (Johnson) becomes so obsessed with superhero fantasies he orders a costume over the internet and voilà: he’s a crimefighter called Kick-Ass. Only problem is, he has no fighting skills. But when his disastrous first mission results in a steel plate being implanted in his chest, making him bulletproof and unable to feel pain, he tries again – and becomes an internet sensation.

Meanwhile Big Daddy (Cage), a former cop-turned-vigilante, is training his daughter in fighting skills – and soon the 11-year-old, purple-wigged, foul-mouthed Hit Girl (Moretz) is leaving a spectacular trail of dead baddies wherever she goes. The three self-styled superheroes team up to fight an arch-criminal (Strong) and his wannabebaddie son (Mintz-Plasse). Mayhem ensues!

This witty, original, stylish British indie flick based on a comic book is fantastic fun and easily outshines recent big-budget Hollywood superhero efforts. If Kill Bill-style comic-book violence isn’t your cup of tea give itamiss though. Bonus: featurettes.

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