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Actors: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Michael Rooker Director: James Gunn Rating: Features: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen Running Time: 96 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Release Date: August 9, 2011 Theatrical Release Date: 2011 Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
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When sad-sack loser Frank Rainn Wilson, The Office, a short-order cook, sees his ex-addict wife Liv Tyler, The Lord of the Rings willingly snatched away by a seductive drug dealer Kevin Bacon, he finds himself bereft and unable to cope. But he decides to fight back under the guise of a do-it-yourself superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a red hand-made suit, a wrench, a crazed sidekick named Boltie Ellen Page, Juno and absolutely nothing in the way of superpowers Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.
An unsettling combination of black comedy and queasy ultra-violence, this real-world superhero story functions as a grimy and sometimes surprisingly moving counter to the stylized wisenheimer hipness of Kick-Ass. Eschewing wirework and bullet-time in favor of painful contusions and awkward pauses, the story follows Frank, a devout, slightly dim short-order clerk Rainn Wilson, who experiences a major downturn after losing his wife Liv Tyler to a local mobster a gleefully evil Kevin Bacon. Guided by an anime-inspired spiritual vision, Frank proceeds to don a red suit and adopt the secret identity of the Crimson Bolt, who strikes fear into the hearts of criminals by… hiding behind dumpsters and hitting unsuspecting folks with a big wrench. As his crusade worryingly expands to include jaywalkers and people cutting in line at the movies, Frank receives unwelcome help from an overly bubbly comic-store clerk Ellen Page, playing way against type bent on becoming his sidekick. Writer-director James Gunn whose previous film was the creepy quasi-spoof Slither clearly knows his way around the nooks and crannies of fanboy culture, which allows him to craft some wickedly funny gags about the unexpected difficulties of running around in a cape and tights. This combination of Taxi Driver, religious satire, and long underwear certainly isn't for all tastes, but those attuned to its anarchic grindhouse vibe will find much to savor. --Andrew Wright