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A balistically blessed bounty hunter, known only as "Super Badass", goes after 3 bizarre criminals, while himself being haunted by drug-induced visions, talking puppets and dreams of making a documentary about pigeons.

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Moments of brilliance and poetry. I can't believe I just said that
8 March 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I'll be honest and say this movie took me 3 sessions before I made it through the whole thing. But, like making it through an excruciating 3-hr artsy Russian film that makes no sense, at the end of "Super Badass" I was left with an odd, inexplicable feeling that I'm somehow superior to those who haven't seen it.

Masquerading as a bad homemade movie with paper thin plot, "Super Badass" at times flirts with sheer genius. If this movie had a 7-figure budget... or even a 3-figure budget... it would be on par with the Coen Brothers ("O Brother"), Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction"), Verhoven ("Robocop") and Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker ("Airplane!") in terms of sheer originality.

It has elements of all of the above... the surreal nature of the Coens, the hyper-violent comedy of "Pulp", the biting satire of "Robocop" and the over-the-top absurdist comedy of "Airplane!"... all wrapped up in a uniquely amateur and raw presentation like you may have done with your pals when you were 16. If you can look past the latter, or perhaps even see it as part of the film's charm and originality, this film will be totally satisfying. And, as I'm doing while I type this review, you may find yourself watching it a second time.

You can't help loving classic cheezy lines such as "I know he's responsible for bringing speed into this city, and if the problem's not corrected it's going to lead to even worse problems. Maybe even... marijuana." The criminal trial of Boogeyman is riotously satirical of our actual court system, with a hilarious verdict. And you'll get a kick out of Lightbulb's horrible accent which constantly changes from Brooklyn to Rastafarian to Irish in one breath ("Oh ho, focken bullseye! Wha' ya got here, mon? Scatter gun for huntin jack rrrrrabbits!").

But oddly enough, what really got my attention were the bizarre poetic moments, such as a surprisingly intelligent dialogue between Super Badass and his hallucinogenic buddy Puppetman, or the oddball pigeon documentary that SB decides he's going to film while killing bad guys, the perplexing cuts to tractor trailers on the highway at odd times (symbolizing... uh... somebody help me out here) or my favorite, the powerful church sermon delivered over top of a violent action scene. I'm not being sarcastic when I say these are moments of sheer brilliance that would rival any pretentious Russian filmmaker, especially since this film is so remarkably UN-pretentious.

"Super Badass" is not for everyone. I recommend it to people who aren't put off by low production budgets (I'm talking basement low). I recommend it to people who are sick of both the predictable Hollywood formula as well as its antithesis, the equally predictable indie formula. Here we see a film that bows to no formula, no budgetary constraints, no technical challenges ...not even good taste. Instead it flows effortlessly straight out of the mind of a very odd yet genuine artist. The director's commentary is a real treat.

The only film I could compare this to is another nice micro budget film "My Dead Girlfriend". SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF IS MANDATORY!


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