As anyone who's seen Hot Fuzz knows, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are unlikely heroes, but together they've battled zombies and taken on big crime in a small village. Now, in Paul, the pair deals with an alien.
Pegg and Frost are a couple of sci-fi geeks on their way to the Cosmic-Con convention when they run into an alien named Paul (an animated character voiced by Seth Rogen). The extraterrestrial needs their help to lose Lorenzo Zoil (Jason Bateman), a government agent tailing him.
Written as a love letter to Steven Spielberg, Paul contains numerous references to the notable director's work, as well as to other famous science fiction movies.
Depicting superheroes without super powers seems to be a trend in movies for the past few years. Super is the latest installment.
Rainn Wilson plays Frank D'Arbo, whose wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) leaves him for Jacques (Kevin Bacon). After getting no help from police for this "robbery," Frank decides to become a superhero to win Sarah back. With a wrench as a weapon and comic store clerk Libby (Ellen Page) as his sidekick, Frank becomes the crime-stopping Crimson Bullet to win Sarah back.
While the stunts are entertaining, the film's themes are particularly dark, which makes it a unique story among similar plots.