I saw this movie advertised on another DVD I recently ordered. I am a huge superhero fan, and thought if I could get this cheap; I'd give it a shot. I thought I was lucky when I did get it cheap at Amazon. I wasn't. This movie is HORRIBLE! Though I have wasted enough time merely watching this movie, in the interest of the public good, I decided to spend a little more time here critiquing it with the hope of possibly sparing someone else some viewing agony.
AVOID! AVOID! AVOID!
This movie aspires to be like the recent parody movies "Epic Movie" or "Date Movie", only for kids. Those movies stink, but this movie is far far worse a film.
Looking at other reviews, I cannot believe that some people gave this garbage 5 stars. They must be related to someone in the film or have a stake in the profits. Simply saying "It's for kids!" does not excuse the poor writing and direction of this nightmarish catastrophe of a film. There are many low budget kids' films written intelligently that are entertaining. This is not one of them.
What makes me so angry is that the film has a good premise. Someone in a costume stops a mugging and is arrested for using overwhelming force. They assume he is a superhero, so they sentence him to become a member of a super team in training to better learn to use his "powers". So much possibility is there. But every single scene is sluggish, awkward and dull. The mediocre special effects of this film (which are actually not that bad) could have easily been overcome by better writing and direction, but they are NOT. The director should be banned from Hollywood.
The writers' idea of comedy/parody seems to be lifting entire scenes WORD FOR WORD from well known movies, and then re-creating them in this film, only adding the main characters' voice over "Hey, this is familiar! It's from `Return of the Jedi', isn't that funny?" Umm... sorry, no it's not.
I feel sorry for the lead actor of this film. The director apparently told him, "Just say the line with a smile and them mug to the camera, trust me it's funny." and he believed it. It never works, and it is tried over and over and over..... It's like they are constantly letting us in on a joke, THAT IS NOT THERE! ARGH! No matter how many times ne smiles and mugs, delivering a line from a much better film, it's not a joke, and it's never ever EVER funny.
I watched this movie alone to make sure that my 7 year old daughter could watch it. Now I refuse to let her see it because she will think I am a moron for buying this piece of garbage. And yes, I watched the whole film through the credits and was never rewarded by any sign of entertainment. To quote a famous doctor "It's dead, Jim."
PLEASE NOTE: OF ALL THE REVIEWS OF THIS MOVIE ON AMAZON, I AM THE ONLY VERiFIED AMAZON PURCHASE! I doubt some of the others (five stars) even own the movie.
THIS MOVIE IS NOT GOOD FOR KIDS OR ANYONE. AVOID!