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"Kick-Ass 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Kick-Ass 2 begins not long after the end of the first movie with Kick-Ass training to be a better super hero with Hit Girl. His heroic feats have inspired others to dawn masks and fight crime on the streets. On the side of evil, Red Mist has re-branded himself The Mother F'r and proclaimed his desire to be the worst human being possible. Meanwhile, Hit Girl's guardian finds out she is still fighting crime and makes her promise to give it up. She keeps her word and instead tries to live a normal life of a high school girl. Unfortunately this means being dragged into the mean girls club. Kick-Ass and Hit Girl team up once again after some unfortunate events and build an army of heroes to take on The Mother F'r and his gang.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013 Rated R 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
  • 1080p AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: No

Commentary

The first Kick-Ass was an over-the-top, violent, but extremely fun movie. The writing and directing was superb and, for me, the movie was an instant classic. I was pumped up for the sequel until poor reviews started to come in. Sure enough, this sequel has nothing on the original. The writing is awkward and the action scenes lack the originality and excitement of Kick-Ass. I had fun watching the movie, but it is unlikely that I will return to it for a second viewing. Certainly worth a rental in my opinion.

Technical

The video quality is flawless on Kick-Ass 2. Universal has done a phenomenal job transferring this movie to Blu-ray. The DTS-HD Master Audio track lively and action packed, but nothing stood out as reference quality.

Extras

Alternate Opening, Big Daddy Returns: The Unshot Scene, Extended Scenes, The Making Of, Hit Girl Attacks: Creating the Van Sequence, Audio Commentary.