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Super - Shut Up, Crime!

6.71 h 32 min2011X-Ray18
When sad-sack loser Frank sees his ex-addict wife willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer, he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie, the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.
James Gunn
Rainn WilsonElliot PageLiv Tyler
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Supporting actors
Kevin BaconGregg Henry
Miranda BaileyTed Hope
This Is That Productions, Ambush Entertainment, Cold Iron Pictures, Crimson Bolt
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Alcohol usenuditysexual contentsubstance useviolence
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4.0 out of 5 stars

118 global ratings

  1. 52% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 14% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 9% of reviews have 1 stars
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Ian BReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 August 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
An Odd Concoction
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At the end of this I was left wondering what motivated this movie, or what it was trying to say, since it seemed to be trying to say something. It's not a nerd-becomes-superhero comedy or success fantasy, for instance. There doesn't seem to be a reason within the story for why Frank and Libby are both psychotically violent, they just are. Most people would think fracturing skulls with a wrench to be extreme, but Frank doesn't even muse once on its legitimacy. When it comes to horrifically violent murder, Frank nor Libby seem to even think it remarkable, whereas most people would find it profound, and even in a fantasy universe you need some kind of acknowledgement of that. Not here.

The message at the end appears to be that any level of grotesque violence is valid if one woman (Sarah) is able to self-actualise and find her happy place in life. Even Frank doesn't matter, and the trail of dead bodies don't matter, so long as Sarah is happy. So maybe it's a feminist movie then. That conclusion may be supported by the inclusion of a weird woman-on-man rape scene (which apparently is all fine) followed by a man-on-woman attempted rape which of course is not.

The movie is well made, and well acted. But what the hell it is about I have no idea. It isn't a deconstruction of superheroes (which are so prevalent now as to be tiresome, so that's fine) but it's not heroic either, neither is it a comedy even though it uses comedy tropes and degrees of implausibility in its plot, and there's a shocking death at the end whose sole purpose seems to be to get a character out of the way whose plot purpose is done.

I've given it three stars, but the ideal rating would be "baffled shrug".
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Bob simmsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Violent and unoriginal
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Oh dear. A host of big names couldn't save this.I can only assume a lot of favours were called in.

The plot revolves around a put-upon nerd deciding to be a superhero. Sound Familiar? This starts off as a poor Kick Ass rip-off, without the originality or the humour. It even contains a line something like, "With all these comics, why hasn't someone tried to be a superhero themselves?"

Very quickly though, it turns dark, with the hero taking out bad guys by smashing their heads in with a wrench. A bad guy in this case includes someone who might or might not have keyed a car and a guy and his girlfriend who push in to a queue for a film,

It then gets dark, and the death toll rises sharply, but everyone (except the bad guys) lives happily ever after.

There seems to be a fetish in Hollywood for making vigilante films where any sort of death, torture and mutilation is ok, so long as the victim is, or is probably, a bad guy.

I recommend a shower after watching this
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Anthony HarrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad, typical of the trend that was going at the time.
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If you skip the sex scene with the actor who looks about 12 (which is probably the weirdest thing I'll ever write in a positive review) then this is a fairly good movie. Sure it's derivative, it came out around the same time as at least two other very similar movies (which oddly also contained female characters who looked underage being "will they, won't they" love interests with the main character) and if you've watched one you've watched all three, but despite everything it's still an entertaining watch. There's funny stuff, there's a bit of gore, there's some real good actors, production quality is pretty darn good for an indie movie like if you didn't already know it was an indie movie you could easily think it was a big hollywood production, soundtrack has that nice vibe where it doesn't distract from the film but it isn't immediately forgettable either.
So yeah, aside from one really questionable scene that I don't think needed to be included at all, fun film and worth a watch.
Honesty Is A VirtueReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good, just don't expect it to be Kick-Ass or Deadpool
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It starts out pretty typically really, slow and a nerd awakening. Quickly it gets quite cringe and I almost turned it off actually about mid way through, but it does turn around.

It's not about magic powers and super villains it's about a bloke doing the right thing with a lot of tragic events in there.

The ending was really touching actually - both joyful and really sad. I can't say much without spoilers but I really recommend watching this but discourage any thinking this that this is X-Men or Kick-Ass.

The blood and guts people complained about they just add a notch of reality to it and Libby is an awesome character - she is just MENTAL! It's almost OTT but Ellen Page does a good job with the character.

I love the Die Hard throwback as well :D

I dunno.... it's a hard one to say if it's good or not in some respects but then I found myself really liking it as the credits rolled. 4/5 !
infyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shut up crime!
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Very well written, well directed and has its own style which we would see more of later in the directors career with things like guardians of the galaxy.

This is the story of a man fed up with his lot in life, looking for direction and living in a fantasy world motivated by comic books .. bringing it to life and becoming the crimson bolt .. he exacts realistic depictions of comic book violence so it can be at times very shocking and graphic but for the right reasons .. we are watching a desperate man do desperate things.

It has a strong cast who all do a great job and it's a film I heartily recommend. Just don't go into it thinking it's going to be a bombastic marvel affair this is a little more cerebral and grounded.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
amazing film
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for years i was amazed how such a great film could come from such a small budget , but upon rewatching i couldnt help but smile the entire way through . kick ass aint got nothing on the crimsn bolt
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nat123Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Senseless violence and thin plot
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Just didn't like this film. It's not comedy, and I can't categorise what genre it is. It's just filled with senseless violence. I didn't even get the message of the film. The ending was quite disappointing. The wife of the 'hero' left him the first time and then the second time again after all that he has done to save her. And somehow this is all justified for making the wife happy.
Tom b.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Honestly the most amazing film ever. Reviews are pretty much pointless as we all have our own taste but I just felt I had to say something about this movie. It's beautiful, tragic, hilarious, touching and to straight up awesome. I personally highly recommend this movie. I didn't really know what to expect going in but was very quickly seduced by this wonderful piece of art. Thank you!
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