Kick Ass


Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay)
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz 




“How come nobody’s ever tried to be a superhero?”

When Dave Lizewski – ordinary New York teenager and rabid comic-book geek – dons a green-and-yellow Internet-bought wetsuit to become the no-nonsense vigilante Kick-Ass, he soon finds an answer to his own question: because it hurts. But, over coming all the odds, the eager yet inexperienced Dave quickly becomes a phenomenon, capturing the imagination of the public. However, he’s not the only superhero out there – the fearless and highly trained father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, have been slowly but surely taking down the criminal empire of local mafioso Frank D’Amico. And, as Kick-Ass gets drawn into their no-holds-barred world of bullets and bloodletting with Frank’s son Chris, now reborn as Kick-Ass’s arch-nemesis Red Mist, the stage is set for a final showdown between the forces of good and evil, in which the DIY hero will have to live up to his name. Or die trying…


"Hatched in the twisted mind of Wanted creator Mark Millar, the story is a simple one. Dave Lizewski is an average high school student with typical teenage problems -- no girlfriend, too much homework, and a chronic masturbation habit. His love of comics has inspired him to want more, however; to do something remarkable with his unremarkable life. And so one day Dave decides to become a superhero." - Chris Tilly

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Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book series Kick-Ass is now a movie, but the artists were involved in the filmmaking process. They even joined the cast and filmmakers at press conferences at the South by Southwest film festival. Millar had a lot of insight into how the film remained faithful to the comic, and where it changed.
"Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic book adaption genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence and gleeful profanity." 

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“How come nobody’s ever tried to be a superhero?” When Dave Lizewski – ordinary New York teenager and rabid comic-book geek dons a green-and-yellow internet-bought wetsuit to become the no-nonsense vigilante, Kick-Ass, he soon finds an answer to his own question: because it hurts. But, overcoming all the odds, the eager yet inexperienced Dave quickly becomes a phenomenon, capturing the imagination of the public. However, he’s not the only superhero out there – the fearless and highly-trained father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit Girl have been slowly but surely taking down the criminal empire of local Mafioso, Frank D’Amico. And, as Kick-Ass gets drawn into their no-holds-barred world of bullets and bloodletting with Frank’s son, Chris, now reborn as Kick-Ass’s arch-nemesis, Red Mist - the stage is set for a final showdown between the forces of good and evil - in which the DIY hero will have to live up to his name. Or die trying…[Lionsgate] 

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"The film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is a fairly straight-ahead adaptation of theKick-Ass miniseries, published by Marvel’s ICON imprint. In it, a normal boy in the normal world (that is, ours) is inspired by comic books to give being a real life superhero a go. With initially bad, but then, pretty good results."