Lionsgate’s supernatural thriller The Super, from director Stephen Rick, is approaching its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD. I had the opportunity to watch it and I’d like to share my thoughts with you.
“Chicago P.D.” actor Patrick John Flueger stars as Phil, a father who starts a new job as the Super of an apartment building. Phil moves his two daughters, who are still reeling from the loss of their mother, into their new apartment that’s more of a storage room than a home.
It doesn’t take long for Phil’s co-worker Walter, played by Val Kilmer, to focus on the girls, especially the youngest, Rose (Mattea Conforti). As the building’s tenants begin to disappear Phil thinks that a killer is at work and comes to believe that Walter may be behind it all. But, not everything is as it seems.
Just when you think you’ve figured out what’s going on you’re hit with a huge twist that you won’t see coming. The movie goes from a murder thriller to a supernatural tale in the blink of an eye. But I don’t want to spoil it for you. I will say this, it was a fantastic idea.
Patrick John Flueger (“Chicago P.D.) does a great job of capturing the sorrow and frustration of a man who has been thrust into a desperate and heartbreaking situation. I do have questions though. How did Phil not know who the killer is and why didn’t he put a stop to it? Instead, he traps an innocent woman into a terrible situation.
Grammy® Award nominee Val Kilmer plays one of his creepiest roles to date. The first half of the film you see him as a nasty old perv, but that changes when his true intentions are revealed. The fact that he’s into some strange stuff is unfortunately downplayed to that point when he handles business with Phil and his daughters, the ceremony he performs makes little sense. It was a missed opportunity to create a really interesting part of the story. We don’t know anything about what he’s doing or how he knows what to do. That left me disappointed.
Taylor Richardson‘s Violet comes across like your typical angry teen, but she’s hiding a secret. Anyone in her situation would be angry, not only has she lost her mom, she’s lost her home. When you learn exactly how she lost them it will make you feel even worse for her.
Mattea Conforti‘s character Rose seems to be an innocent child, but she’s far from it. Conforti has a lot of talent to be so young. She’s already had several roles in films and series including “Gotham.” I look forward to seeing what she does in the future.
I was impressed by the entire cast which also includes Louisa Krause, Paul Ben-Victor, Yul Vazquez, Andrea Lynn Green, Travaris Spears, Melissa Bolona, and Colby Minifie.
The Super is high tension horror done right. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing the whole time. But I do have an issue with a couple of plot holes and unanswered questions that left me scratching my head. Maybe I’m overthinking it but I can’t help but feel like only part of the story was left out.
Overall, The Super was entertaining and spooky so I’m giving it a score of 3 out 5. I highly recommend that you check it out. Luckily, you won’t have to wait long to see it for yourself, The Super arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on December 18, 2018. Be sure to check out the movies’ special features too which includes “He Has Your Keys: Making The Super featurette.”
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