New York teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) buys a bodysuit and turns himself into a superhero; his first attempts at creating justice are pitiful, but he eventually gets caught up in a battle between a crime boss and an 11-year-old avenger. A story that is partly grounded in reality as it deals with a teenager’s quest to find his place in the world, partly in a very violent comic-book fantasy. Many found this approach offensive – uneven is what I would call it, but brazen and very entertaining. Mark Strong is fun as the mob boss and Chloë Grace Moretz got her breakthrough as the lethal Hit Girl.

2010-Britain-U.S. 113 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Comic Book: Mark Millar, John S. Romita, Jr.. Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Dave Lizewski), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris D’Amico), Nicolas Cage (Damon Macready), Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz, Omari Hardwick.

Trivia: Daniel Craig and Mark Wahlberg were allegedly considered for Cage’s role. Followed by Kick-Ass 2 (2013).


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