Hero Wanted

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5.61 h 34 min2008R
A small town trash collector stages a robbery in order to impress a girl by being the hero who saves the day - until the perfect plan goes violently wrong. Now he must set things right in this bloody of ego and revenge!
Directors
Brian Smrz
Starring
Cuba Gooding Jr.Christa CampbellRay Liotta
Genres
SuspenseDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Norman ReedusJean SmartSteven KozlowskiBen CrossKim Coates
Producers
Johnny MartinRichard SalvatoreDavid E. OrnstonDanny LernerDavid OrnstonLes Weldon
Studio
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

87 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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T. ThomasReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie rocks
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I reviewed this film for IMDB earlier last month and I am c/p'ing my review here...

This is a movie worth watching simply because of the psychological issues dredged up in it! The dark side of heroism is something that movies like the 'Batman' flicks usually dig up, but this one definitely has a combination of elements that will leave a viewer asking, who was really a hero here? Was anyone? It definitely hits home that there is no black and white when it comes to certain dark areas of our lives. It also drives home that sometimes heroes are anything but depending on which character one is watching closely here.

I will say this though, the character of Cosmo Jackson as played by Ben Cross should have gotten a lot more attention than what was given. Mr. Cross made THAT character real. He has a knack for that. I wish other producers and directors would take the time to give this guy a chance to prove his metal in other films. Until I saw this, I really couldn't picture him playing a Viet Nam War Veteran! This guy is REALLY under-utilized in my opinion.

I also feel that Gary Cairns deserves a pat on the back for his role. He did an excellent job bringing out the emotions of his character also, and I hope to see more of him in the future because he has the ability to make a film shine also.

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ray Liotta may have gotten top billing for this film and they are great in it, don't get me wrong, but I watch every actor and how they bring out their characters when I see a film and I watched this one twice. All of them did a great job, but I focus on Cairns and Cross because they both have that same knack for bringing out emotions in a realistic fashion and that keeps viewers coming back for more!

Comparing this movie to football, Gooding and Liotta get a lot of attention because they are quarterbacks in the movie industry and they do a great job when they play! I love watching them! However, Cross and Cairns deserve a heck of a lot more respect than the kickers in the game ever get--that's for sure!
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MoonravenReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great date night flick
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I grabbed this flick because it's Norman Reedus pre The Walking Dead and Paul Sampson as a complete loose cannon. It's violent....VIOLENT and very dark but a great movie. Cuba Gooding Jr. does NOT disappoint. I wish Ray Liotta had been in it more...he should have been in it a LOT more. Did I mention it was violent? Great movie for date night...great! But not for kids at all!!
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christineReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
well worth the watching a twisting story
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this movie is very good I never would of believed the plot of this story how it twists & how it was suppose to be . all the guys are really good in it
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BENJAMIN WATSON JRReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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enjoyed it
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SydHam1287Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting
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I bought this because Norman Reedus plays in it, and he did great as usual. I also love Tommy Flanagan. All the acting was great, but the story wasn't original. It still gets 4 stars, though, because the acting kept me interested.
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Melissa R. MendelsonReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Hero We Need
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I wasn't born a hero. Nobody ever is. Is it because of the tragedies that we never see coming? Is it because our lives lie in ruin afterward, forgotten by the world? How do we go on, and why should we care? But hope is the haunting image of her, and crisis is the trigger, hurling us into harm's way. But a life needs to be saved, but who will save me? I need hope, and I need her. But my trust falls against the bitter edge of betrayal, and her delicate presence slips through my hands. I failed. A sliver of love are the tears falling from my eyes for I am to blame, and justice needs to hear my cry. But what kind of hero is painted in red? Is it one trying to make right from what went so very wrong, or will there be no forgiveness for what I must do? Will I fail again, or will redemption take me by hand, deny death its bounty, and grant me one last chance? And will love be the wind beneath my broken wings? I wasn't born a hero, but nobody ever is.
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D. GRAYReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Cuba
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I really liked this guy in Men of Honor, A Few Good Men, Radio, Boyz N the Hood and a few others,
but I can't remember the last good movie I've seen him in, unfortunately.
Sheryl VartanianReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great cast, good acting
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What a mishmash! Strange strange movie. Great cast, good acting...but so oddly strung together!
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