Wednesday, August 29, 2012
It took me a while to get to this movie and when I saw it on my Tivo I decided to give it a chance. It was a super hero movie and it stared Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon and Liv Tyler. All good to great actors in previous movies and television so I had hopes that it would be at least decent. Directed by James Gunn who never really directed a major motion picture, he has directed Troma pictures mostly. This one was a movie I kept wanting to see but was not in wide released and had Ellen Page, I do not like her.
Movie starts with with Frank telling us that the only two good memories in his life were marring his wife Sarah and helping the police catch a criminal. Both of which he draws and leaves on his wall as inspiration. A little later Sarah who is a recovering addict falls for drug overlord Jacques and leaves Frank. Believing he was touched by God he goes to a comic book store to get ideas for a real life super hero. Here he finds is side kick Libby. Armed with a wrench they fight crime as the Crimson Bolt and Bottie, with his war cry "Shut up Crime!".
This movie is alto better than I hoped for, and its the only movie I like Ellen Page in. It is ultra-violent through out with being both heart-wrenching and humorous. The opening credit sequence alone is fantastic. When he is touched by the hand of God, its creepy but amazing at the same time. Rainn Wilson perfectly, I just wished they went a slightly different way. There is a point in the movie where you think he might be imagining it all in is head. Is he or isn't he is the question I was thinking but it is answered for us. Kevin Bacon plays a great villain, not really over top but more going with the flow. Ellen Page plays the sidekick pitch perfect and actually acts instead of just saying lines. I enjoyed this movie a whole lot more than I thought I would. Give it a shot you might just enjoy it.
Rating - 3 1/2 Out Of 5 Stars