Parents' Guide to

Unknown Origins

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Graphic violence in unique take on superhero story.

Movie NR 2020 96 minutes
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While not perfect, this film does present a unique take on the superhero story. There are some nice twists that are clearly rooted in the familiar stories of misfits, conflicted heroes, and psychopathic bad guys, and out of these conventions, new heroes emerge with one foot in the comic book universe, and the other in the real world. This is especially true of the two lead characters, and while the "opposite" characters in police-centered movies is as cliched as it gets, there's enough in the acting and chemistry between the two leads to add something new to the storylines.

However, it's some of these very conventions that hinder Unknown Origins. For instance, it really doesn't take that long to figure out who the serial killer is if you pay the slightest bit of attention. And in terms of its conveyance of so-called geek culture, the movie can't seem to decide if it wants to portray comic book and cosplay enthusiasts as either the cliche of dateless and socially awkward weirdos or competent functioning adults with a quirky side hobby, and end up trying to have it both ways. With the former, the attempts at humor are lazy and unoriginal, and they tend to negate the latter. While it doesn't ruin what is otherwise an engaging movie, it does prevent it from being as good as it might have been.

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