Film review: Kick-Ass 2
There is nothing wrong with putting some hardcore violence onscreen from time to time. Quentin Tarantino, the most infamous Hollywood director who peddles this kind of entertainment, has perfected the art by creating a world distinct from our own in which the normal rules don’t seem to apply, so that we can comfortably watch some horrific acts without feeling morally repulsed by what we see.
The first Kick-Ass film, released in 2010, engaged the audience because even though it heavily relied on the real world – the premise was exciting precisely because it involved real people pretending to be superheroes and found their inner strength along the way – it also had hectically absurd moments of exaggerated action scenes that propelled the film into the realm of the unreal.
However, the profanity-laced sequel, Kick-Ass 2, goes for something a little closer to home by mostly staying away from the exaggeration that made the first film such a thrill. Instead, here it is all about the very graphic result of violence; but when such violence is over-the-top, committed on people who are thugs but not evil, that possibility of moral repulsion becomes ever more real.
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