Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

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Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

     
 

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Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski (See more details below

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Overview

Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He calls himself Kick-Ass, and he can take a beating as good as he can dish one out. Before long, Kick-Ass has become a local sensation, and others are following his lead. Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) are a father-daughter crime-fighting duo who have set their sights on local mob heavy Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). They're doing a decent job of dismantling Frank's sizable underworld empire when Kick-Ass gets drawn into the fray. But Frank's men play rough, and his son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), is about to become Kick-Ass' very first arch nemesis. When Chris assumes the persona of Red Mist, the stage is set for a superhero showdown that could spell the end of Kick-Ass once and for all.

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Kick-Ass takes all the classic superhero tropes and turns them on their head, and what you're left with is a super-charged romp that's one part wish-fulfillment fantasy and one part fan-boy comedy. Forget x-ray vision, invisibility, or superhuman strength -- Kick-Ass is all about what happens when a 17-year-old teen with no powers, training, or meaningful desire to do so buys a wet suit and some riot sticks and begins his journey to becoming the ultimate champion: a superhero. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar, director Matthew Vaughn maintains a balancing act between ultra-violent recklessness and rabid teenage comedy. The film goes to all the extremes, but they're completely welcome, and in a sea of superhero movies that take themselves entirely too seriously, Kick-Ass breaks out and delivers a refreshing take on the genre that leaves the audience with a pleasantly visceral experience. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is your average teenager, nothing special -- he hasn't been bitten by a radioactive spider like Peter Parker and he doesn't have gadgets like Batman; in fact, his only superpower is being invisible to girls. One day, while hanging with his friends at the local comic-book shop, Dave poses the pivotal question: "Why has no one ever tried to be a superhero?" He goes from nerdy teen dreaming of winning over his "Mary Jane", Katie (Lyndsy Fonseca), to costumed not-so-super hero Kick-Ass. From there it's one crazed stunt after another, which leads to a back-alley beatdown that leaves him with screwed up nerve endings and a heightened threshold for pain -- the perfect plot point for the craziness that ensues. After video footage of a confrontation with gang members outside the local hangout goes viral, everyone knows his name, but trouble brews when nemesis Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) explodes onto the scene and Kick-Ass must maintain his identity, beat the bad guys, and win the girl. Vaughn takes care to remind the audience that Dave is still a teenage boy with angst, hormonal yearnings, and clueless friends, so as his life in the real world becomes more engaging, his life as Kick-Ass becomes less relevant. Enter Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Moretz, a trash-talking, butt-kicking, 13-year-old girl who could wipe the floor with the biggest of badasses. Trained by her rubber-suit-wearing father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), an ex-cop-turned-vigilante, this revenge-seeking duo stops at nothing to bring resident bad guy Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) to justice. The film is just as much about Hit-Girl and Big Daddy as it is about Kick-Ass. They fill the void when Dave is otherwise occupied, and some of the best scenes in the film are between the two. Vaughn, along with screenwriter Jane Goldman, establishes the anti-superhero universe early in the film, and as a result the audience expects them to maintain that sensibility throughout, but the film teeters back and forth between "this isn't a superhero movie" and "this is a superhero movie," and some points in the film get bogged down with endless backstory of minor characters that are better served in comic-book form. Still, Kick-Ass is just plain fun, and trying to figure out where it fits into the genre takes away from enjoying what it really is -- a ridiculously entertaining adventure that genre fans will love. The tagline says it all: "Be honest with yourself. At some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a superhero." For anyone who secretly wished to be one, this film delivers on that fantasy with a world where bad guys are real and superheroes are geeky high school comic-book fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
UPC:
0031398121350
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
9,942

Special Features

It's On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass; ; Matthew Vaughn Audio Commentary; The Art of Kick-Ass; Marketing Archive; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass
Nicolas Cage Damon Macready/Big Daddy
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Chris D'Amico/Red Mist
Chloe Moretz Mindy Macready/Hit Girl
Mark Strong Frank D'Amico
Chloë Grace Moretz Mindy Macready/Hit Girl
Omari Hardwick Sgt. Marcus Williams
Xander Berkeley Det. Gigante
Michael Rispoli Big Joe
Clark Duke Marty
Lyndsy Fonseca Katie Deauxma
Evan Peters Todd
Dexter Fletcher Cody
Corey Johnson Sporty Goon
Jason Flemyng Lobby Goon
Kenneth Simmons Scary Goon
Randall Batinkoff Tre Fernandez
Garrett M. Brown Mr. Lizewski
Elizabeth McGovern Mrs. Lizewski
Deborah Twiss Mrs. Zane
Sophie Wu Erika Cho
Anthony Desio Baby Goon
Adrian Martinez Ginger Goon
Joe Bacino Posh Goon
Stu "Large" Riley Huge Goon
Walle Jobara Nervous Goon
Carlos Besse Peres Buttons
Tamer Hassan Matthew
Yancy Butler Angie D'Amico
Tim Plester Danil
Hubert Boorder Oscar Juarez
Craig Ferguson Himself
Omar Soriano Leroy
Kofi Natei Rosul
Johnny Hopkins 1st Gang Kid
Ohene Cornelius 2nd Gang Kid
Russell Bentley Medic
Christopher McGuire Diner Fight Guy 1
Max White Diner Fight Guy 2
Dean Copkov Diner Fight Guy 3
Jacob Cartwright Running Teenager
Maurice DuBois News Anchor
Dana Tyler News Anchor
Dan Duran Reporter
Louis Young Breaking News Reporter
Katrena Rochell Female Junkie
Quinn Smith Big Mean Boy

Technical Credits
Matthew Vaughn Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Adam Bohling Producer
Karen Sheriff Brown Makeup
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Davis Cinematographer
Russell de Rozario Production Designer
Maruis de Vries Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Jane Goldman Co-producer,Screenwriter
Eddie Hamilton Editor
Fae Hammond Makeup
David Harris Special Effects Supervisor
Jon Harris Editor
Ilona Herman Makeup
Joe Howard Art Director
Henry Jackman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeremy Kleiner Executive Producer
Pierre Lagrange Executive Producer
Stephen Marks Executive Producer
Mark Millar Executive Producer
John Murphy Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ian Neil Musical Direction/Supervision
Tarquin Pack Producer
Brad Pitt Producer
David Reid Producer
John Romita Executive Producer
Pietro Scalia Editor
Laird McMurray Film Services Special Effects
Danny Sheehan Sound/Sound Designer
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Stuart Art Director
Lucinda Syson Casting
Kris Thykier Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kick-Ass
2. Be Honest [5:41]
3. Awesome [4:40]
4. Time to Engage [5:14]
5. Pop Quiz [3:07]
6. Back [3:58]
7. Here Kitty [3:55]
8. Kick-Ass [4:14]
9. Passing a Message [7:06]
10. Have Potential [4:19]
11. Daddy and Marcus [4:40]
12. Red Mist [6:58]
13. Crime Fighting Team [3:44]
14. Watch This [6:59]
15. Worth Living For [6:07]
16. Need to Meet [5:02]
17. Family Business [:53]
18. Hit Girl [2:55]
19. Job to Finish [5:08]
20. A Little Kid [5:20]
21. Under Control [2:30]
22. Playtime is Over [5:39]
23. Time To Go Home [3:07]
24. Opened a Door [2:41]

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