May 4, 2011
What would really happen if someone tried to be a super-hero? James Gunn asks the question with his recent IFC release “Super” in a naïve, if not sickening, attempt at humor and novelty.
In the movie Frank D'Arbo's wife (Liv Tyler) leaves Frank (Rainn Wilson) for another man, a drug dealer named Jacques (Kevin Bacon). After a failed attempt to get her back, Frank goes to the police only to find out that Jacques cannot be arrested for stealing her affections.
While flipping channels, Frank sees a TV show featuring the Holy Avenger, a super-hero who fights with the power of Jesus. Frank believes he has a vision where God calls him to save his wife, and fight crime along the way. Frank sews up his costume and becomes Crimson Bolt. His trademark weapon – a pipe wrench.
The comic book store girl (Ellen Page) takes an interest in Frank as he frequents her store to do research for his alter-ego. She suspects him of being Crimson Bolt at first but does not know for sure until he shows up at her house with a gun shot wound. That's when she introduces herself into the crime-fighting life as Crimson Bolt's side-kick – Boltie.