Kick-Ass

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Dave lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 216265847
UPC 031398121350
UPC 14 00031398121350
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Good Vs. Evil
Justice
Live-Action
Superheroes
Training
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "[An] action-filled and very funny flick....Vaughn delivers one rollicking and raucous set piece after another but never loses sight of the fun." 03/13/2010
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "A ridiculously entertaining, perfectly paced, ultra-violent cinematic rush that kicks the places other movies struggle to reach." 04/01/2010
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "The choreography is gloriously intense....The use of music is inspired throughout..." 05/01/2010
Entertainment Weekly "[A]n enjoyably supercharged and ultraviolent teen-rebel comic-book fantasy..." -- Grade: B 05/01/2010
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he mocking tone and off-kilter vibe set this film apart. It even has a hearty dose of charm, thanks mostly to the most outrageous performance by a child in recent memory." 04/16/2010
New York Times "Ms. Moretz is by far the best thing about the film: she holds the screen as gracefully as she executes a running back flip." 04/16/2010
Wall Street Journal "The film, based on the comic by Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr., is grungily stylish and often funny..." 04/16/2010
Los Angeles Times "This shrewd mixture of slick comic-book mayhem, unmistakable sweetness and ear-splitting profanity is poised to be a popular culture phenomenon.... 04/16/2010
Washington Post "Directed by Matthew Vaughn with verve and a crisp, color-saturated visual sense, KICK-ASS should delight fans of the original comics and garden-variety action junkies as well." 04/16/2010
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "KICK-ASS might be the most fun two hours you'll spend in a movie theater. It delivers the darkly comic laughs as well as the jaw-dropping action..." 04/15/2010
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] mosh pit of a comic-book movie that dares you to dive into its anarchy." 04/29/2010
Sight and Sound "KICK-ASS is an intelligent meta-comic that deploys familiar superheroic tropes and archetypes to explore all that is fractured and flawed in our decidedly non-super humanity." 05/01/2010
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "All good, teen-savvy, pertinent stuff, spiked with laughs....Cage is a deadpan delight..." 08/02/2010
Actors
Nicolas Cage
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Mark Strong
Aaron Johnson
Cast & Crew
Nicolas Cage - Star
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Star
Mark Strong - Star
Aaron Johnson - Star
Chloe Grace Moretz - Star
Lyndsy Fonseca - Co-Star
Omari Hardwick - Co-Star
Evan Peters - Co-Star
Dean Copkov - Co-Star
Tamer Hassan - Co-Star
Hubert Boorder - Co-Star
Max White - Co-Star
Clark Duke - Co-Star
Deborah Twiss - Co-Star
Corey Johnson - Co-Star
Craig Ferguson - Co-Star
Dan Duran - Co-Star
Christopher McGuire - Co-Star
Joe Bacino - Co-Star
Stu "Large" Riley - Co-Star
Tim Plester - Co-Star
Carlos Besse Peres - Co-Star
Anthony Desio - Co-Star
Sophie Wu - Co-Star
Walle Jobara - Co-Star
Omar Soriano - Co-Star
Kofi Natei - Co-Star
Johnny Hopkins - Co-Star
Ohene Cornelius - Co-Star
Russell Bentley - Co-Star
Jacob Cartwright - Co-Star
Maurice DuBois - Co-Star
Dana Tyler - Co-Star
Louis Young - Co-Star
Katrena Rochell - Co-Star
Quinn Smith - Co-Star
Dexter Fletcher - Co-Star
Adrian Martinez - Co-Star
Elizabeth McGovern - Co-Star
Kenneth Simmons - Co-Star
Garrett M. Brown - Co-Star
Jason Flemyng - Co-Star
Michael Rispoli - Co-Star
John Murphy - Composer
John Murphy - Music Director
Ilona Herman - Hairstylist
Ilona Herman - Makeup
John King - Supervising Art Director
Fae Hammond - Hairstylist
Fae Hammond - Makeup
Marius De Vries - Composer
Marius De Vries - Music Director
David Harris - Special Effects Supervisor
Matthew Collinge - Sound
Tim Maurice-Jones - 2nd Unit Director
Matthew Vaughn - Screenwriter
Steve Dent - Stunt Coordinator
Ilan Eshkeri - Composer
Ilan Eshkeri - Music Director
Peng Zhang - Fight Choreographer
Brad Allan - Stunt Coordinator
James O'Dee - Stunt Coordinator
Laird McMurray Film Services - Special Effects
Karen Sheriff Brown - Hairstylist
Karen Sheriff Brown - Makeup
Danny Sheehan - Sound
Ben Davis - Director of Photography
Rocco Larizza - Special Effects
Jane Goldman - Screenwriter
Ian Neil - Music Director
Henry Jackman - Composer
Henry Jackman - Music Director
Mark Millar - Source Writer
Rudolf Vrba - Fight Choreographer
John Romita Jr. - Source Writer
Dean O'Toole - Production Manager/UPM
Stuart Wishart - Special Effects
Iain Mackenzie - Post-Production Supervisor
Randall Batinkoff - Co-Star
Xander Berkeley - Co-Star
Yancy Butler - Co-Star
Matthew Vaughn - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00031398121350
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review We have entered the world of post-modern superheroes, where the concept of someone with special powers doing battle against the forces of evil seems quaint, almost boring. Batman is The Dark Knight. Superman is on hiatus because the most interesting thing about him is the John Williams theme. And Spider-Man is in the process of being rebooted because no one could figure out where to take the character. Yet, despite the trials and tribulations of some of the best-known comic book heroes, the genre is insanely popular, and that popularity gives rise to projects like Kick-Ass, which mock and embrace the conventions with equal zeal. Kick-Ass is part hard-core action flick, part parody, and part comedy. Done poorly, this sort of thing can be painful. Done well, as is the case here, it's a blast. It offers a "have your cake and eat it, too" experience - you can enjoy the exploits of a superhero while at the same time showing your hipness by laughing at some of the sillier clich?s. There are so many self-referential layers in this material that it's almost dizzying to contemplate them all...The intelligence and irreverence of Kick-Ass recalls similar qualities in director Matthew Vaughn's debut, Layer Cake. And, although this movie is not wall-to-wall jokes, nearly every instance of humor works, which is a rarity even for the most adeptly crafted comedies. More importantly, care is taken by the writers (Vaughn and Jane Goldman, adapting from Mark Millar's comic book series) and actors to flesh out the characters into the kind of living, breathing human beings viewers care about and root for. The underdog factor is in play - we get behind Kick-Ass because he's standing in for us. The best superhero movie since The Dark Knight (and far less serious in tone or approach), Kick-Ass earns its name in every way.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Chris Hewitt, Empire A ridiculously entertaining, perfectly paced, ultra-violent cinematic rush that kicks the places other movies struggle to reach.
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine Kick-Ass moves with such bloody assurance that you'd be forgiven for not seeing how smart it is. But smart it is. Smart, important and deadly.

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