The Super (2017) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Stephan Rick
Writer: John J. McLaughlin
Producers: Brett Forbes, Patrick Rizzotti, Tom Thayer, Dick Wolf
Date Released: 14 October 2017
Patrick Flueger as Phil Lodge
Val Kilmer as Walter
Louisa Krause as Beverly
Mattea Marie Conforti as Rose
Taylor Richardson as Violet
Paul Ben-Victor as Mr. Johnson
Yul Vazquez as Julio
Alex Essoe as Ms. Daigle
Luke Edwards as Brad
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The Super (2017) follows Phil Lodge (Patrick John Flueger) who is a former cop who has taken a superintendent job in a large New York City apartment building in order to be with his daughters, Violet and Rose. Rose and Violet seems to acclimate very well with the new surroundings. However, the family found out the presence of another super, Walter (Val Kilmer). At first glance, Walter’s persona comes off as weird and antisocial. One of Phil’s colleagues, Julio, warns him that Walter is into strange voodoo practices and that Phil should avoid Walter. Lodge’s concern for his family heightens as tenants in the building mysteriously disappear. When Walter starts taking a liking to Phil’s daughter Rose, Phil becomes increasing worried. Phil is convinced that Walter is behind the disappearances and will do anything to protect his daughters.
The Super (2017) consists of mild and moderate gore. However, there are a few scenes where the viewers can get squeamish. For example, in one scene, a woman is stabbed with a pencil in the eye. The wounds are shown graphically. Several times people are hit in the head with pipes and being impaled with screwdrivers. As such, some scenes are disturbing in that graphic images are shown at various points in the film.
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The plot is as straightforward as the title of the film would suggest; a story about a super who becomes the antagonist. However, there are a few loopholes in the plot. Some events within the film are left unexplained which may have been intentional in order to create further suspense and anticipation. In addition, there are also a few insights to create the possible basis for certain character’s motives. But in the end, there are more questions than answers which creates confusions.
Val Kilmer is references as a main character in this film rightfully so. However, he only did a few scenes in the movie. He is technically casted in a supporting role of another handyman. His performance was relatively understated as expected in a much lesser role. It was unfortunate that Kilmer did not receive as much airtime as he normally does. Nevertheless, Kilmer was able to get the message across as being a creepy and frightening character as the main antagonist in the film.
Overall, The Super (2017) could have been a better thriller if the characters were more developed and the backstories were further explored. The film’s narrative is straightforward but the filmmakers tried to create a mystery only to give up in the end. Although the characters performed well, the writing was unimpressive. It is difficult not to think that the producers were depending on having a big name carry the story to attract movie buffs. Other than that, the movie is forgettable and lacks depth.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Super (2017) two and a half graves out of five graves.
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