Reviewed bykosk11348Vote: 9/10/10
This fascinating HBO documentary follows several real life people asthey dress up in superhero costumes and patrol their neighborhoods.Despite sharing this peculiar hobby, all of the people featured seemedto have different reasons for doing it. Some are misfits while some areclearly attention seekers. Others are out for vigilante justice. Somewant to raise crime-prevention awareness in their communities. And someare tough to categorize, like the lovable Master Legend, who at firstglance appears to be a troubled alcoholic but eventually revealshimself to be a compassionate do-gooder who passes out food and waterto the homeless. He also provides much of the unintentional comedy ofthe movie.
And this is a funny film. Some of the lines are so perfectly ridiculousor well-timed that it has led some viewers to suspect it's a scriptedperformance, but assuredly these are real people. And while they maydress oddly, the filmmakers never stoop to mockery for cheap laughs.The entertainment lies in just letting these superheroes be themselves.If you are a fan of the documentary "American Movie" then you are sureto enjoy the same type of genuine human comedy in this film.
The one thing that these superheroes do share in common, though, isthat most of them are struggling to overcome hard circumstances. Manyhad heartbreaking stories of childhood abuse. Zany as their costumesmay appear, ultimately these people are victims looking to make senseof a world that hurt them and trying to make it a better place.
This is an excellent and thought-provoking documentary. I highlyrecommend it.
Master Legend rocks!
Reviewed bygavin6942Vote: 7/10/10
A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all overAmerica, these self-proclaimed crime fighters, don masks, homemadecostumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice toevildoers everywhere.
Many of these folks are interesting -- some being sad, some reallymaking a difference. The group that actively films drug sellers intheir neighborhood probably has the best chance of really changing theworld.
The strangest is probably Master Legend, who tells us that "when a manworks up a whopping thirst" it is Busch that quenches it, "not someKool-Aid." He claims he was raised by the KKK and forced to fight andhas some sort of psychic ability. He likes to tout his battle with acrack smoking child molester...
One police officer asks: Is "bait patrol" entrapment? An excellentquestion. A crime is a crime, but is it right to coax someone into acrime? Is it right to dress up and hope that someone attacks you for"looking gay" while at the same time acknowledging you look"ridiculous"?
Reviewed byrobinski34Vote: 7/10/10
Superheroes is a worthy addition to this well-establish genre, arguablyre-popularised by Michael Moore in the 1990s. Filmmaker Mike Barnett'spiece is a straightforward portrait of some of America's real-lifesuperheroes. Other than the nicely done cartooning that marks thefilm's chapters, and some shaky 'ride along' footage, it is mostlytalking heads, but no worse off for that. The tendency might be towardsa first reaction of 'Really?' but, while there seem to be varyingdegrees of 'grip on reality' among the subjects, it's hard to arguethat their intentions are anything other than good. There are asurprising number of participants, with a wide geographical spread,revealing the breadth of this activity, and almost all have a sense oftheir own limitations, operating within those bounds, and the law -setting their sights on realistic and attainable objectives. No-onehere is going to affect the spin of the Earth or fly an atomic bombthrough a portal in the space-time continuum (of course!), but it wouldbe a cold person who was not affected by the good deeds that thesecitizens do. Their public spirit is admirable and it's to be hoped thatthere are many more people out there willing to step up in their own(quieter) way when evil rears its head in our communities. Barnett'sfilm is well worth a watch.
'Superheroes' will introduce us to several of the country's most famous masked heroes including, Mr. Xtreme, a 33-year-old security guard officer by day, but a goon's worst nightmare by night. We'll follow Mr. Xtreme on his nightly patrols through the streets of San Diego, as he tries to stop evildoers and protect the innocent. We'll also meet the New York Initiative, a fantastic foursome of real life superheroes living together that tackle crime fighting, one Brooklyn borough at a time. Lead by Zimmer, we'll watch as they take to the streets and try to lure criminals out of hiding with their controversial Bait-Patrols. With over 300 registered superheroes in the United States, we'll definitively uncover the 'Real-Life Superhero' cultural phenomenon and discover what inspired these everyday citizens to take the law in to their own hands as they try to make the world a better and safer place for all.