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Kick-Ass

Theatrical poster
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Produced by Matthew Vaughn
Brad Pitt
Kris Thykier
Adam Bohling
Tarquin Pack
David Reid
Written by Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
Mark Millar
(Comic book)
John Romita, Jr.
(Comic book illustrator)
Starring Aaron Johnson
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Chloe Moretz
Mark Strong
Nicolas Cage
Music by John Murphy
Henry Jackman
Marius de Vries
Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography Ben Davis
Editing by Pietro Scalia
Jon Harris
Eddie Hamilton
Studio Marv Films
Plan B Entertainment
Distributed by Lionsgate
Focus Features
Universal Studios[1]
Release date(s) 2 April 2010 (2010-04-02)
(United Kingdom)
16 April 2010 (2010-04-16)
(United States)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $70 million

Kick-Ass is an upcoming superhero film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn, produced by actor Brad Pitt and will premiere April 16, 2010 in the United States, and April 2, 2010 in the United Kingdom.

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Plot

The plot of Kick-Ass concerns a typical teenage boy, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to become a real-life superhero after being inspired by the heroes of comic books. Lizewski fails at his first attempt to fight crime, ending up very badly injured in the process (which results in a short stay in hospital after having been stabbed). Dave remains undeterred by this small setback, and ends up intervening in a fight outside a diner. Using two modified night-sticks, he engages them and wins. A man inside the diner, who filmed the events on his phone, asks Dave who he is as the fight ends, to which Dave replies: "I'm Kick-Ass". The video is posted on the internet and soon becomes an internet phenomenon, making Kick-Ass a star overnight.

His attempts at being a super hero soon cause him to learn that it isn't as glamourous as it seems. Soon he encounters a mysterious young vigilante named Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz), and her father Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). They have already heard about Kick-Ass' heroics from YouTube and the media. They end up working together in order to bring down the local crime syndicate leader Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). Along the way, Kick-Ass meets another vigilante, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who has been inspired by Kick-Ass's exploits.

Cast

Development

The rights to a film version of the comic book were sold before the first issue was published. When the film is released the comic's first run of 8 issues will be completed.

The script for the film was reportedly written in May 2008, and filming occurred in late 2008 to early 2009. In an interview with Total Film, Aaron Johnson confirmed that the film will stay true to the adult nature of the comic series by featuring a large amount of profanity and graphic violence and that it had already received an R rating by the MPAA and a 15 rating by the BBFC.[2] Yancy Butler (of the television series Witchblade) also appears as Angie D'Amico, Frank's wife. This is her first theatrical film since Drop Zone (1994).

Filming locations include Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.

Soundtrack

The film's soundtrack will be released as a single in the UK on April 12 , 2010. [3] It will be performed by pop singer Mika, and produced by RedOne, who is primarily known for his work with Lady GaGa and Akon, as well as other established artists. The single will be released under the same name of the film. It has been confirmed that the soundtrack will be considered as Mika's 10th official UK single. [4]

On March 15, 2010, UK newspaper The Sun posted an exclusive preview of the video for the single which shows Mika as a helpless individual left in an alleyway after being mugged. He begins to sing and as he does, the words of empowerment in the lyrics and his finding of an issue of the "Kick-Ass" comic inspire him to run for the rooftops and wail the chorus to the sky. As is the norm with most soundtrack singles, the video features intercut scenes from the film in question. [5]

The music video is directed by Kai Regan.

Release

It was announced on August 17, 2009, that the film is going to be released by Lionsgate[6] on April 16, 2010.[7]

A screening of the unfinished film was shown at the 11th Butt-Numb-A-Thon film festival on December 13, 2009, where it was received with wild enthusiasm by the event's attendees.[8][9]

IGN UK gave the movie five out of five stars, and IGN AU gave it four out of five stars.

Controversy

In January 2010, an uncensored preview clip of the film was slammed by family groups for its display of violence and use of the line "OK you cunts, let's see what you can do now" delivered by Chloe Moretz, who was only 12 at the time of filming. Australian Family Association spokesman John Morrissey claimed that "the language [was] offensive and the values inappropriate - without the saving grace of the bloodless victory of traditional superheroes".[10] In response to the controversy, Moretz stated in an interview with MTV, "If I ever uttered one word that I said in Kick-Ass, I would be grounded for years! I'd be stuck in my room until I was 20! I would never in a million years say that. I'm an average, everyday girl."[11]

Reception

The film has received overwhelmingly positive early reviews and currently holds a 100% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 10 reviews.[12]

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