Add to that D'Amico's son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad, Role Models, and Year One), who wants to become part of the "family business" but is still considered a kid by his father. To get his dad's attention, he comes up with a plan to help stop the costumed crime-fighters causing his father trouble by becoming a costumed hero himself and calling himself "Red Mist." But will Red Mist help his father stop Kick-Ass, Big Daddy, and Hit-Girl permanently or help the heroes stop crime in the city?
The only way to really describe Kick-Ass is as an orgy of violence and gunfire. There are enough weapons in this film to stock a National Guard armory and enough ammunition fired for a small war. And watching young Moretz as Hit-Girl is both disturbing and entertaining as she attacks this role with unsuppressed glee. It's obvious this was a role she was born to play.
For me, the only weak spot in the cast is Cage as Macready. I just didn't buy him as an ex-cop focused on a vendetta. Sure, the costume is there and the cool room with all the firearms — but he never sold the role to me. Maybe it was because the majority of the cast appears so much younger than Cage on screen. I really don't know. But it isn't enough to spoil the raw entertainment of watching things develop as the movie progressed.
Kick-Ass has been compared favorably to Zombieland, and I can see the comparison. But Zombieland worked a bit better for me as a whole, even though I absolutely loved Moretz as Hit-Girl. Though Johnson's Kick-Ass gets top billing, the movie should have been called "Hit-Girl," 'cause that's who you end up watching on screen.
So I'll reiterate that if you can't get past the idea of gratuitous violence, gunfire, and an 11-year-old girl committing some serious carnage, I'd skip Kick-Ass. But if you can get past that, be sure to leave the kiddies at home and enjoy this amazing display of comic book destruction. And if you get a chance, be sure to read the original Kick-Ass comic book series as well — I'll be ordering mine soon!