Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn (2009)

112min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on the graphic novel sensation by Mark Millar (Wanted), director Matthew Vaughn's cutting-edge adaptation is refreshing, if somewhat controversial. It follows the exploits of high-school nerd Dave Lizewski (a perfectly cast Aaron Johnson), whose attempts to reinvent himself as real-world superhero Kick-Ass seem doomed to failure - largely owing to his utter lack of powers. Until, that is, the boy blunder meets Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage in hilarious, Adam West-as-Batman mode) and his 11-year-old daughter Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz), who are determined to crush Mafia boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). The movie is initially unsteady before the main revenge plot sets in, but once Hit Girl starts swearing like a trooper and causing major bad-guy damage, Vaughn's witty verve, instinctive knack for bizarre counterpoint and sheer bravado speed the cartoon violence towards a manic action climax. A sophisticated and sometimes shocking parody laced with wistful comic-book nostalgia, this is cult film-making on a grand scale.

Summary

A teenage comic-book fan sets out to become a real-life superhero. His amateur crime-fighting exploits make him a media sensation, but he is soon in over his head as he encounters a sadistic gangster and a father-daughter vigilante team with a far more lethal approach to cleaning up the streets. Comic-book action comedy, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage.

Cast & Crew

Damon Macready / Big Daddy Nicolas Cage
Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass Aaron Johnson
Frank D'Amico Mark Strong
Mindy Macready / Hit Girl Chloë Grace Moretz
Chris D'Amico / Red Mist Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Marty Clark Duke
Detective Gigante Xander Berkeley
Katie Deauxma Lyndsy Fonseca
Big Joe Michael Rispoli
Sgt Marcus Williams Omari Hardwick
Lobby goon Jason Flemyng
Cody Dexter Fletcher
Matthew Tamer Hassan
Angie D'Amico Yancy Butler
Mr Lizewski Garrett M Brown
Mrs Lizewski Elizabeth McGovern
Tre Fernandez Randall Batinkoff
Rasul Kofi Natei
Sporty goon Corey Johnson
Todd Evan Peters
Director Matthew Vaughn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity, drug abuse. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Mar 2010
Comedy Drama