Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a ... See full summary »
Mabrouk El Mechri
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.
Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? Written by
Towards the end of the movie when Liv Tyler is in her rehab group session, she is heard stating "f**ked up, insecure, neurotic, and emotional". This is a reference and nod to her rocker father Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith) and his 1980's song "FINE" which is an acronym for the same line. See more »
After getting shot, Frank drives away and the shadow of the camera man is visible on the Crimson Bolt. The sun is on the other side (car has turned around) in the next shot in the car. See more »
What are those?
I'll wake up and see these first thing every morning. My perfect moments. They can inform my day. Set me in the right direction.
The hands are a little big, don't you think sweetheart?
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The single solitary downfall of this movie is that it completely disregards expectations, but I'm pretty sure it couldn't have been done any other way. How do you advertise for a movie that is a perfect mix of drama, comedy, tragedy, thriller, parody and character-based gore-fest? How do you tell the uninformed movie-goer that what they're about to see is going to challenge them in ways that a super-hero movie could never be expected to? The answer: You don't. James Gunn invests a lot of confidence in his audience with this film, because he knows it has to be seen and he knows it is great, but is risking everything just by the mere fact that he made it. People will go into this movie, expecting a comedy about a silly down-to-Earth superhero, and for the first half hour or 45 minutes, they'll be confused about why some really serious themes keep popping up. Then, when all hell breaks loose and the jokes slow to a halt, they'll be wondering if they should have been laughing at the first half of the movie. But is that the movie's fault? If you walked in to watch Romeo and Juliet, expecting a romantic comedy, the same thing could happen. You'd laugh at the cheesy dialogue, at the squabbling houses, but after a while you'd start to wonder. And at the end, well, you'd feel that you'd been duped. Myself, walking into the empty theater at 10:00pm, having researched the movie, obsessed over it, and prepared myself for anything, well, I was blown away. Even though I built this movie up on a pedestal of monstrous heights, I was still pleasantly surprised and left the movie with my heart beating in my throat. One review is not enough space to discuss just why this movie is so great. People could analyze it in groups like they do with Citizen Kane, and I think they'd have a good chance of missing something. I only wish to say that I highly recommend this film to anyone who is a thinking moviegoer, or appreciates art in all of its forms. This movie deserves to make a billion dollars, and hopefully it blows up and gets its just deserves. Bring everyone you know and support this underrated masterpiece.
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