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Kick-Ass 2 (Dir. Jeff Wadlow/2013)
Awkward and lacking the charm of its predecessor, Kick-Ass 2 joins the weak-sequel club. The thrill of watching Kick-Ass was not exclusively in Hit-Girl’s hyper-violent and explicit language (though they did add to a sense of brutality rarely seen in “comic-book” movies) but in the pseudo-realist set-up: What if someone really became a superhero? The sequel pits Dave Lizweski’s “Kick-Ass”(Aaron Taylor-Johnson) against Red-Mist-rebooted “Mother fu**er” (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace-Moretz) spends a large part of her time in school as a regular student failing to fit-in, while Kick-Ass joins his own set of ‘Avengers’ alongside “Colonel Stars and Stripes” – a tragically small-role for Jim Carrey that clearly holds so much potential. A relentless use of varied-guns and slicing-knives accentuates a film that has lost its grip on thought-through action sequences – stooping so low that an ill-timed rape joke is cheap and unnecessary. Kick-Ass was intelligent; Kick-Ass 2 is incredibly dull.