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      11.08.2011 16:50
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      A trustworthy company with honest prices and a great range, try them out!

      This is only going to be a quick review but I had to rave about this company, especially after the terrible service I'd received with Chemist Direct. I'd been trying to get a hold of a bottle of 'Faith in Nature Aloe Vera Shampoo' (400ml) and tried through the previously mentioned Chemist Direct website, who I would advise NEVER to use since they charged me twice, before informing me that they had discontinued this product and would be issuing a refund (which they shortly did). I had emailed their customer service a few times to establish which similar products they did have in stock but had no reply apart from 1 link to their shampoos page, which STILL had listed the discontinued product! Anyway, I decided I'd given them enough of a chance and moved over to Discount Supplements who were certainly a refreshing and very welcome difference! Although I was slightly sceptical about using them, I ordered the shampoo for a very good price (with free delivery!) and was surprised to receive it only a couple of days later- very speedy! In addition, I was kept up to date with delivery status emails and also noticed their customer service number was a free phone one in case I had any problems (unlike the 0845 provided on Chemist Direct's site). I was so happy with this company, I even wrote them a testimonial. The product was exactly as described, well packaged, communication was great, their website was easy to navigate and their product range was extensive. I can't wait to use them again, they're definitely on my favourites.

      Incidentally, the Faith in Nature Aloe shampoo is an amazing must have, so all round very pleased!

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      21.07.2010 05:51
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      There are better 2 ply toilet papers out there.

      I bought this loo roll thinking it may last longer since I was on a tight budget and the pack claimed it was 'unbeatably long'. Now, I know it's a bit weird, but good loo roll is very important to me. I just can't stand it all falling apart when you're using it, it's beyond frustrating. Things are stressful enough in life that you need to worry about wiping your behind! That's why I usually go for the 3 ply Triple Velvet, or if I'm feeling in the mood for a really special treat, Lidl does a 4 ply 'Floralys' toilet paper which really is the king of loo roll and it's a great price too.

      Now that I am writing this review, I'm starting to appreciate how awkward a topic toilet paper can be, so please excuse if I'm crude at all, I'm just trying to be honest! With the promise of Andrex being soft, strong and unbeatably long, I couldn't resist branching away from my trusted brands to try this puppy-soft paper. Well, I'm afraid I wish I hadn't. This brand really doesn't live up to its claims. Whilst it's soft, fair enough, it's very weak, even for a 2 ply and it's just as well it's long, as you need twice as much! For the price, it's really not worth it. Perhaps if it was significantly cheaper than other brands, it might be ok, but even then, I would rather spend the money and get my usual.

      I recently bought Nouvelle, a 100% recycled toilet paper as it was on offer. Really expected this one to fail, but it didn't, it's actually very good. Get them quick; Morrissons are selling 4 for £1, so buy a bunch!

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      19.07.2010 19:46
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      Go with a smaller company as they may value their customers more.

      BT is a menace. They annoy me with their boring, repetitive and false advertising, poor service and ruthless sales tactics. But first, I must vent my frustration at their awful adverts. One that stands out as particularly distasteful is the little girl calling her recently divorced daddy at work, only to find he simply doesn't have the time to talk. Then, as a solitary tear rolls down her cheek, she whimpers into the comforting bosom of her mother, "It's like he doesn't even love me anymore". Pathetic.

      Now that I've got that off my chest, let's address the content of these adverts. Apparently, with BT, I won't have to put up with interrupted streaming or, as the advert would suggest, make excuses for my poor broadband. Well, since I'm with B* I don't actually experience interrupted connection. Only now and again will it go down for a couple of seconds, but streaming is flawless and most general use is bang-on, which is great for the price and the fact that we're not on a contract. However, going back home where we have BT, it's more than infuriating. The streaming is SO poor that I can't even watch youtube without it messing up. That's like a few seconds of video. I cannot use the internet to watch anything, put it that way. I'd love to see them work that into their adverts. To be fair, last time I used it, it had improved an iota, making it virtually possible to watch one online clip. That was a good day. We actually called BT to ask when they would manage to provide the broadband they were promising and were told 2013. Great, we'll just read the paper and twiddle our thumbs until then.

      Ok, so why else does BT annoy me? Well, this is where their sales tactics come in to play. Now, at uni, we enquired and I must stress, enquired, about some broadband packages. BT however managed to glean enough information (our name and address) to 'cold sell' (as they later explained) us a package which we never bought. Nor did we even know we had. Nor did we actually have, seeing as there was no phone line installed or phone number to call us on. Forget those little details however, since we got a bill, so that's good enough. Yes, we got billed for a line we didn't even have, just because they had our address to send the bill to. I called them and told them to cancel it and they admitted we didn't even have a phone line with them, promising to sort it immediately but in fact sending us another bill the next month. Well, if they didn't, we'd have only wondered if they "didn't love us anymore".

      My advice, just don't use this company; I've had no good experiences with them. The rate of broadband BT and other companies like Virgin promise are not actually what you will get; it all depends on your local exchange. Check the rates with them and most likely, you will get the same speed everyone else is getting. Or if you go with BT, you'll get broadband so slow it could be run by a lazy hamster on a wheel...

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      • Slumdog Millionaire (DVD) / DVD / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        19.06.2010 06:18

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        I would watch this and make your own mind up, I think you'll be impressed.

        Directed by one of my favourite directors, Danny Boyle delivers his usual brand of suspense and thrills with this outstanding film about surviving the slums of India. Adapted from the novel 'Q & A' by Vikas Swarup, the plot follows a young Jamal Malik as a contestant on the game show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'. As a 'slumdog', both the show host and audience are shocked to realise that this young boy is intelligent beyond his means as a lower-ranking caste with no formal education. So how does he know all the answers? They come to the conclusion that he must be cheating and there begins the formal interrogation.

        This movie is so diverse and so emotional that it truly takes you on a rollercoaster, where you have completely given up your attention to the captivating ups and downs of this wild ride. There are moments of brutality, depicting the unfair life of a poor man and delving deep into the unknown eastern slums where so much suffering is depicted against such a beautiful backdrop of a riche and colourful country.

        To be honest, this movie completely took me by surprise. For a long time, I had been avoiding it on the assumption that it was a predictable feel-good movie about a poor Indian boy winning a game show and going on to be rich and happy with the girl of his dreams. However, I really wish I hadn't judged this DVD by it's cover and had listened to the advice of all those people telling me how great this film was.

        Slumdog Millionaire is engaging on so many levels- it's brutal, romantic, thrilling, suspenseful the acting and cinematography is incredible, making this one of my favourite movies ever. It will make you feel something out of the ordinary, something deep, something moving and something refreshing to your senses. This film makes you realise what all movies should be about.

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      • Fame [2009] (DVD) / DVD / 14 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        18.06.2010 20:54
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        For me, this movie tried to hit too many targets and failed to meet any.

        Ironically, this movie didn't reach the 'fame' it had expected by pulling together a comprehensive cast of great actors and relying on the previous sucess of the movie it was remaking. I'm a great 'So You Think You Can Dance' fan and I love my X Factor and tallent shows, so I thought this movie would be right up my street with lots of tallent and displays of well choreographed dance-scenes to tickle my fancy. However, whilst elements of these aspects were met, it simply wasn't enough to avoid the tediousness this movie inevitably employed by trying to cover too many agendas too vaguely. I would have loved for this to be more concentrated on wild and fast dance routines that make you gawp, however, some scenes were just so cheesy and impromptu that they made you cringe and statemet scenes were too far and too few inbetween.
        Whilst I do love the Black and Gold scene with Kherington Payne, watch it on youtube and you've pretty much caught the best of this movie in little under 5 minutes.
        I found there simply wasn't enough focus on each character to make it intriguing enough and whilst they were implying that these students were striving for the impossible goal of fame and would have a rocky journey ahead of them, this really wasn't given enough room to grow as a sub-plot and I just felt it was a bit thin all over.
        I think this movie would have benefitted if they had picked a theme and carried it through with enough strength and cocentration to make it stand out, before employing a bunch of sub-stories. As it stands, I felt this was really a montage of sub-plots alone, absent of a collective direction. To say the least, I was a little disappointed.

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      • My Sister's Keeper (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        18.06.2010 20:08
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        I wouldn't urge you to race out and grab this one of the shelves, but watch it if you've got it.

        Did I like this movie? This is a difficult question to answer, because I'm not sure if I actually enjoyed it or not, but let me explain. This movie is one of those tear-jerkers (think of Marley and Me) and I wonder if the whole time it's not just cenetered around trying to make you cry in an attempt to emotionally bond with you. This doesn't necessarily make it an effective movie, because no-one really likes crying or being made upset, so what is the point? It has to give you something more, something that makes you glad you went on that emotional rollercoaster, otherwise, it's all a bit pointless. This movie, unfortunately, doesn't manage to deliver that.

        For me, it wasn't cleverly contrived enough to make me give up my emotions to a harrowing tale of survival and the prevailing human spirit, moreover, I felt it used these cheap tactics just to make me bawl and all the time you're aware that you are being walked down a path which can only lead to an inevitable teary crescendo. If anything, it's irritating to be so easily manipulated, because whilst you don't particularly care about the story or characters, you're crying over them nonetheless and feel a bit tricked.

        Now I'm aware this was based on a book and I vaguely remember reading this book with the view that Jodi Picoult would make a better script-writter because whilst her stories were brilliant, her writting wasn't as strong. But I just don't think they managed to pull the movie off. The cast was dominated by Cameron Diaz, who I believe had really emotionally invested herself in the role, however, I don't think there was enough chemistry between the actors to make it work. There is something wrong with this film and I can't quite place it, but it feels very tween novel and all in all, just isn't believeable or mature enough. It's the kind of movie you wouldn't want anyone to know you cried over, because it's just a bit cringe-worthy.

        **N.B. I try to keep my movie reviews short enough to allow you to make a quick decision (I don't want them to be so long that you might as well have watched the film instead!). I don't divulge the plot or repeat any information you can find on the back of the DVD case, I just give my opinion.**

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        • Inglourious Basterds (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 1 Rating
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          18.06.2010 08:24

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          Something for everyone

          This movie is simply brilliant, it's funny, it's emotional, it's tense, it's clever, it's well acted and it's definitely worth a watch! I began with the view that I'd hate this, I usually don't get along with history style movies since I am easily bored, but this blew me out of the water- totally not what I was expecting. Brad Pitt shows again that he really is a diverse actor who doesn't solely rely on his looks and it's a refreshing attitude. This movie is done very well and is all round pleasing- there is enough variety in it to keep anyone entertained and it really stands out from the bunch. It's different, yet clever and is one of the few movies of a mass of productions which actually deserves to be watched and enjoyed as movies should.
          I was pleasantly surprised and I think you will be too, so I'd say go give this a try!

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        • Insanitarium (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          18.06.2010 08:17
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          Hmmm call me crazy, but I think I like it!

          The title 'Insanitarium' barely attempts to mislead you from the tacky, gory and mostly comical nature of this movie. I would like to say it's an easy watch, but it managed to maintain an impressive level of intensity and gore that made for some uncomfortable viewing. As yet, I am undecided as to whether this movie is pure genius or utter stupidity.

          Giving this movie the benefit of a doubt and assuming it is a work of genius, it's a tense yet funny thriller which doesn't take itself too seriously and pokes some light-hearted, yet truly gory fun at the horror genre. I would watch this in the same tone as the Evil Dead, but I'm still not too sure what the director was going for. I even watched the out takes in the hope of gaining more insight, basically, to see if it was a joke or not and even then it was hard to tell. In an interview with the director, Jesse Metcalfe, the star of this movie, appears to struggle to keep a straight face in response to the half-sarcastic questioning of Jeff Buhler. This does encourage me to believe that this is one big piss-take and if it is, it's pretty damn funny.

          This movie also makes many references to other films of various genres, perhaps poking fun at them in a satirical manner whilst employing no specific style of its own. I mean, whilst Insanitarium might be classified as a horror, it's also gory, funny and mildly psychological at the same time. It addition, the fact that it's largely compiled from many scenes and themes from other successful classics, intentionally or not, mocks the way in which these movies follow a generic formula. For instance, take a relatively familiar face, say Jesse Metcalfe and plug him into your film, accessing a ready-made fan based audience et voila, pre-package success. In fact, the link to this Desperate Housewives hunk is so over-done and if anything, quite random since this isn't his usual role, that it almost hints at it being an inside joke.

          As for the plot, we begin with a Butterfly Effect introduction in the style of "...if you are reading this note then I'm already..." type thing, whereupon Jesse Metcalfe enters the stereotypical 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' mental hospital, complete with a Nurse Ratchet and resident Hannibal Lecter in glass cage. Whilst I had hoped these references might develop into interjecting themes of the imagined prison of a delirious mind versus the real captivity of a lock-down asylum, Insanitarium instead adopts the stereotypical view of insanity and sarcastically over-dramatises this misguided approach. We later find that the 'hospital' is more of a research facility where a crazed doctor creates zombie-like inmates from unwilling patients (enter 28 days later...). This mad scientist proceeds to go a bit Blue Velvet on us in a bizarre and awkward sex scene, where things get a little more sordid and confusing.

          In conclusion, the combination of the many film references and the random, cheesy and poorly made scenes amidst an otherwise well-made movie, does point towards the idea that this is one big joke and a sense of dry humour is definitely necessary to enjoy this movie. Either that or I am most certainly giving too much credit to a superficial gore-fest. Regardless, this movie makes for some hilariously cheesy, yet terribly gory viewing, which unwittingly or not, becomes a satirical masterpiece.

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        • The Proposal (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          18.06.2010 08:12

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          For the type of movie it is, it does it very well

          This is a really cute movie and who can't love Sandra Bullock, she's just gorgeous. If you watch this, be expecting a romantic comedy with a nice ending- something you can really just watch with friends and popcorn and chill out too. It is well acted and not too cheesy- I think a guy could probably sit through this if they were forced to and maybe they'd secretly enjoy it.
          There were some pretty funny moments during this as well and I do remember laughing out loud at some points, but in general, it's very enjoyable. I wouldn't be expecting something epic and if you take this movie for what it is you'll be satisfied. A feel-good fix of comedy and romance, some nice settings and good acting all round, this won't let you down as an easy-going chick-flick. The story line is a little predictable, but it's heart-warming and cute all the same- what more could you want?

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        • Harry Brown (DVD) / DVD / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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          18.06.2010 08:03

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          Very much worth a watch!

          Love it. This movie is really well acted, of course Michael Cain is a legend, but the other actors are great too and really make this movie what it is. I think a movie is good when it makes you talk about the topic matter later, whether or not you're supporting the view the movie held or arguing against it and this one will definitely get you thinking.
          There are so many levels to this film that make it sucessful and every aspect has been very well thought out. There's the old men in the movie, who get by with a stiff upper lip but don't be fooled into taking them at face value. Cain's character has a history as a marine and is no push over when a bunch of youth's anti-social behaviour gets out of hand.
          There is also the council estate which it was filmed on, which I belive is now abandoned and due for destruction. Being an estate, it houses a variety of people, from young to old and it's really about their struggle to get along as a community but also have their own privacy in what can be a fish tank.
          This is just a great movie that will have you both mentally and emotionally involved. It's not a feel-good film, but it's intellectual and so polished in it's delivery that you can't help but be impressed.

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        • The Road (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          18.06.2010 07:50

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          I'd say it's a hit or miss type of movie, you'll either love it or be bored by it, so watch and see.

          This was a bit of a dull watch, in all honesty and whilst it was good most of the way through the ending was a bit of a let down. I also didn't understand why the little boy kept calling his father 'papa' but it ended up really annoying me as a contrived way of pulling heart strings. There are some moments where this movie is good, but I wouldn't advise you to go racing out to buy it. However, I'd say it's perhaps worth a watch, not as a top-title, but maybe as something to watch on a boring afternoon.
          Having given it a bit of a bad review up until this point, I'd say in favour of it that they've obviously put a good amount of time into making this look realistic and although their situation is never quite explained, I would assume this was some post-apocalyptic survival movie. I don't know if there's really much else to it, apart from the whole hardened old man and naive young boy trying to put some emotion back into his stressed to the limit 'paw paw'.

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        • The Hangover (DVD) / DVD / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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          18.06.2010 07:32

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          Go watch it, it's a good laugh!

          This is an all round entertaining movie, cramming in more surprises and laughs than you'd expect. Imagine the craziest night or your life and times it by a hundred and you might have some idea what I'm talking about!
          Of couse, I can't tell you everything about this movie, since what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but there's a lot of drink, a tiger, a baby and of course, Mike Tyson... you do the math but it does equal some pretty funny scenes.
          I'd watch this because it's well made and definitely makes you laugh with some real wtf moments. I don't think I've met anyone who doesn't like this movie and that's not to say we're not discerning people, only this really is a very sucessful movie and does what it sets out to.
          Perhaps it sounds a bit silly, what with the way I'm describing it, but you'll have to trust me that it really is quite intelligent and will have you in stitches.

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        • Paranormal Activity (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          18.06.2010 07:25

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          Well worth a watch!

          Ok, first things first- don't watch this alone! This really did have me holding onto my seat in anticipation and as hard as I tried, I couldn't stop watching the door out of the corner of my eye. Definitely one for watching with a group of mates, in the dark, with the sound right up. It will have an effect on you for sure and if it doesn't, at least you can jump out at your friends and send them flying across the room.
          I love my horror movies and this is not so obvious as most horros, in fact, I'm not sure it even falls into that category, but it certainly makes you very nervous. That's what I love about these types of movies, the anticipation, the expectation, the all round thrill that is the emotional experience you just crave as a horror fan and this doesn't dissapoint- it's a real roller coaster.
          It starts of well and goes on well and typical of most horrors, makes you shout at the tv screen like a fool trying to tell the characters what to do. What's more, it's really well done. The plot is pretty good and the suspense is very well maintained. It's not tacky either and the acting is very good- I felt I was really living along with them and discovering the events as they did. I would recommend this on the basis that it's not completely predicatable and the way it's filmed really makes it feel quite real. It's also not overdone with gore and tacky effects, it's kept to a simple yet fearful formula and to me, has pulled it off quite sucessfully.

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        • Avatar (DVD) / DVD / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          18.06.2010 07:15

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          A staple must-see movie just for the experience

          This is going to be a difficult review to write, as with all epic movies, it's kind of hard to say anything bad about them because they do enter a league of their own. Not that I'd have much bad to say about this movie, seeing as it was all round amazing, it's just that it does make it a little bit more difficult to judge it by the standards I'd usually use.

          Well, as an epic, you can expect it's quite long and I did struggle to watch it all the way through owing to my fleeting attention span. However, it's a must-watch movie- everyone will have seen it and it's always going to be a title referred to through-out movie history. It's a bit like Star Wars, people are going to be a bit shocked if you haven't watched it at least once.

          Having said that, don't just watch this because of that, watch it because it's good. The graphic animation is outstanding and will blow you away, it's really a fantastical trip made very realistic. The acting is spot on and a lot of the scenes really are the stuff of dreams. However, for me, the story line was good but some parts were a bit cringe-worthy. Ah, what the hell, you just have to watch this! It IS Avatar, after all and you'd be missing out. Perhaps that's what I'm trying to say- this really isn't one to be reviewed- it's something to put your judgements aside over and just watch and enjoy it. It's a masterpiece and whether or not you end up loving it, you still do have to see it just for the experience that cannot be duplicated in any other way. It is an epic, after all.

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        • Kick-Ass (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 1 Rating
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          18.06.2010 07:06
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          Definitely true to it's name, this movie kicked some serious ass!

          Kick-Ass is darkly funny and fairly shocking, but certainly doesn't fail to entertain! Inspired by the comic book series, it's easy to assumed this could be your average super-hero movie, but don't be fooled!

          When teenager Dave Lizewski, struggles to meet girls, make new friends and avoid the bullies, he begins to wonder why there are no real life super-heroes to save the day. He brings up the subject with a group of his comic-book loving friends and asks why with so many fictional tales of super-heroes saving society, no-one has yet been inspired to adopt a real life alter-ego? Whilst his mates laugh it off and are willing to accept that things are the way they are, Dave can't let go of the idea and begins his pursuit as 'Kick-Ass', the crime-fighting, green-suited, real life hero who plans to right the wrong in his way-ward town.

          However, as Dave gets further into his role and realises the brutal realities of trying to live out a fictional character, he not only reaches youtube fame but also meets two other masked heroes who interject when Dave nearly meets his end in a violent brawl. Much like Dave, these heroes have also been inspired to fight crime, as an ex-cop and vengeful daughter combo, 'Big Daddy' and 'Hit Girl'.

          The invention of these characters seems to balance itself out with the inevitable creation of villains. When the heroes unwittingly kill some of a leading business man's hench-men, he resolves to find and catch them, to even out the score. Thus, 'Red Mist' is born as a trap originally designed to lure Kick-Ass to his inevitable end.

          This movie is strongly focused on the under-dog and themes of revenge, bringing about some dark moments and pretty gory scenes, especially considering one of the main characters is quite young. This did shock me at first, but it was in a good way and it made me take this movie more seriously. It's probably best described as a cross between Kill Bill and X men, bringing about some quite original results.

          Whilst I do love this movie, largely because I do love Nick Cage, it also brings with it some impressive newbies to the scene and in general, makes for an all over satisfying watch that will kick the ass of your expectations!

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