In Super, Rainn Wilson dons a costume to play a different kind of social avenger: one without any powers, strength, or special talents.
In Super, Rainn Wilson dons a costume to play a different kind of social avenger: one without any powers, strength, or special talents. Wilson plays Frank, a downtrodden diner cook whose spouse (Liv Tyler) has recently left him. He has an enlightening spiritual experience that compels him to suit up as "The Crimson Bolt," and run around his town fighting crime with nothing but a disguise, the intention to help people, and a huge, highly effective wrench.
Though Frank originally sets out to take down criminals like the smarmy Jacques (Kevin Bacon), the drug dealer that his recovering addict wife has taken up with, soon Frank finds himself literally splitting the skulls of anyone he perceives as corrupt. This includes citizens as innocuous as line cutters at the movie theater, leading the media — and the audience — to start questioning whether the Crimson Bolt is a bad guy himself.
When Frank befriends local comic book fan Libby (Ellen Page) while he's doing "research" for his side job, she figures out his secret identity and wants a piece of the action. Cue Page in a skintight green and yellow ensemble, pitching herself as "Boltie," a sidekick to the Crimson Bolt. The sight of Page in her homemade costume doing cartwheels and other silly gymnastic moves is a funny one — and the last time you'll laugh. Though Super begins as a comedy with an offbeat sense of humor, it takes a severe change in tone and turns into a movie that's needlessly violent and repulsive.
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