Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor Johnston) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) return for the sequel to their hilarious crime-fighting antics and this time they’ve inspired a new epidemic of bonafide vigilantes. Both masked heroes are trying to resume life as normal teenagers, Dave and Mindy. While Dave can’t seem to ignore the call of justice, Mindy’s guardian, Marcus (Morris Chestnut) forces her to relinquish her switchblades for school. In the meantime, Kick-Ass finds his way to Justice Forever, a team of self-made sentinels.
'Kick-Ass 2' starts with a face off between Mindy and Dave, reminiscent of how Hit Girl and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) are first introduced in ‘Kick-Ass.’ Mindy teaches Dave how to take a bullet by literally shooting him in the chest. It is then revealed that Kick-Ass is wearing a bullet-proof vest and has gone to the junior assassin for some legitimate vigilante training.
The beginning of the film then takes a strange course, recapping Dave’s quest to gain Mindy’s killer expertise, followed up with a montage of their training sessions. Things come full circle when the audience sees a continuation of the opening scene. The vest reveal didn’t seem to serve a specific purpose, given its potential to create suspense and a flashback.
However, the rest of the plot follows steadily, balancing the two superheroes’ separate storylines. The aforementioned Justice Forever league includes a gang of crusaders led by a camouflage-donning Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Chris D’Amico/Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) also joins the masked mix. Avenging his slain crime boss of a father, Chris declares himself the first super villain, The Motherf%&*^r. His first mission is to build an evil team of his own to kill Kick-Ass.
With the two squads facing off in a dynamic battle to the death, ‘Kick Ass 2’ brings the same action and epic stunts as the first movie. The level of violence is not for the faint of heart and exactly what is suggested in the movie’s title. Fans won’t be disappointed by the graphic novel-inspired cinematography.
The unusually large cast provided a definite challenge, but each character is carefully placed in the story for just the right amount of time. Taylor-Johnston doesn't take the reins and while he's certainly beefed up for the role, his character isn't supposed to be a real superhero. In fact, Moretz shines (like a butterfly knife) and proves that her portrayal of Hit Girl wasn't a one-hit wonder.
Furthermore, a lot happens in this sequel and the movie could have easily become bogged down with information. Similar to a fight sequence, the viewer is taken through each twist, turn, and jab with ease. While the first movie stands alone well with an all-encompassing story, ‘Kick-Ass 2’ serves as a worthy continuation that begs a third installment.