This movie's great, but does it 'Kick-Ass 2'?
By Jason Gerock, The China PostWhat happens when regular people dress up like super heroes and try to take on the criminal underbelly of the city? Well, they get their asses kicked, what else?
August 23, 2013, 3:04 pm TWN
“Kick-Ass 2, ” the sequel to the 2010 action/comedy, delivers exactly what fans of the first film are looking for, then takes it to the next level, and perhaps a little farther. Though the first film did an excellent job at pointing out that when a real person is punched in the face they bleed, this newest installment knocks it up a notch. The blood is plentiful, and the physics of violence is illustrated as plainly and efficiently as a kick to the teeth. Basically, when bullets fly, people die.
Picking up a few years after real-life superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) dispatched evil crime boss Frank D'Amico with a bazooka to the gut, the movie reveals that regular folks of all shapes and sizes have put on masks and taken to the streets. Inspired by the heroism of the first real superheroes, Kick-Ass/Dave Lizewski has returned to his normal high school life, bored but safe, and Hit Girl/Mindy is busy training, honing her killer skills while pretending to be an everyday loner freshman.
Eventually of course, Kick-Ass returns to the fray, training with Hit Girl to become more like the superheroes we think of in the comic books. In turn, Hit Girl tries her hand at being one of the popular girls, even utilizing some of her superhero skills to impress on the cheerleading squad and for revenge in the cafeteria. No spoilers, but think what the term “sick stick” might imply and try not to be eating popcorn when the camera shows kids during lunch break.
Turncoat “superhero” Red Mist/Chris D'Amico from the first film returns as the movie's big bad guy, or at least he tries to be. After the let's say accidental murder of his mother and the discovery of some S&M goodies in her closet, Chris takes it upon himself to become the world's first real supervillan, transforming himself into “The Mother F**ker.” Bent on revenge, he begins recruiting more real-life supervillans for his crew, which he names “The Toxic Mega C**nts.” And toxic mega c**nts they are. This is where the film becomes perhaps more real than some audiences may be ready for. What would happen, in the real world, if you gathered a group of heartless psychopaths together and told them to indiscriminately kill in the most horrific ways possible? They'd do just that. And the movie doesn't shy away from the gory stuff, nor does it play nice for the kids, whom we can only pray you DID NOT BRING to the theater.