"If there's a more entertaining movie this year, then 2010 is going to be a belter." Chris Hewitt, Empire
A twisted, funny, high octane adventure, Matthew Vaughn brings KICK ASS to the big screen.
KICK ASS tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to take his obsession with comic books as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name --Kick Ass-- assembles a suit and mask to wear and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem - Kick Ass has absolutely no superpowers.
His life is forever changed as he inspires a sub-culture of copy cats, meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes -- an eleven year old sword-yielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz), and her father Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) -- and forges a friendship with another fledgling superhero, Red Mist (Chris Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.
The brief for Kick Ass was to keep the work gritty and realistic and not to venture into the fantastical, so the visual effects needed to be understated, in keeping with the feeling of the story. Double Negative's work started with previz and went on to include the opening sequence, extensive set extensions, jet-pack effects and an extended overnight fight sequence.
In all the Double Negative team oversaw 835 shots for the film.
Kick Ass opened in the UK on March 26th, 2010 and on April 16th , 2010 in the US.