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Hero Wanted (2008)

After he awakens in a hospital, a man tracks down and murders the man that left him and a bank teller for dead during a robbery, only to end up having the slain thief's associates come after him in retaliation.

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Brian Smrz

Writers:

Chad Law, Evan Law
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Liam Case
Ray Liotta ... Detective Terry Subcott
Norman Reedus ... Swain
Kim Coates ... Skinner McGraw
Tommy Flanagan ... Derek (as Thomas Flannigan)
Jean Smart ... Melanie McQueen
Christa Campbell ... Kayla McQueen
Steven Kozlowski Steven Kozlowski ... Lynch McGraw
Gary Cairns ... Gill
Sammi Hanratty ... Marley Singer (as Samantha Hanratty)
Ben Cross ... Cosmo Jackson
Todd Jensen ... Detective Wallace MacTee
Paul Sampson ... Gordy McGraw
Lisa Dunne Lisa Dunne ... Marley's Mom
Elitsa Razheva Elitsa Razheva ... Dawn Case (as Elitza Rajeva)
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A man seeks out and murders the thief that left him and a bank teller for dead during a robbery, only to end up having the slain thief's associates come after him in retaliation. Written by Annonymous

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The Hero Becomes the Hunted. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Anazitontas ton iroa See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vinnie Jones was initially set to play the role of Skinner but couldn't due to filming commitments on Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train (2008). See more »

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In the final shootout Swains M16 can clearly be seen to be a movie prop, solid carrying handle with no rear sight aperture. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Liam Case: [narration] I really wish we hadn't start here. It's too easy to get the wrong idea about me.
[photograph]
Liam Case: That's Dawn, my wife. A car accident ended our happiness, leaving me with an empty home, and an empty life.
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Blue Dreams
Written by D. DiFonzo and Scott Schreer (as Scott P. Schreer) (BMI)
Published by Freeplaymusic (BMI)
Courtesy of Freeplay Music
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A flawed movie about a flawed hero
8 August 2012 | by Matt KrachtSee all my reviews

There's some real depth to Hero Wanted, but it's often buried under contrived and clichéd writing. The characters are interesting, but much of their development depends on plot elements that didn't really make too much sense. Still, if you're more interested in the themes and characters than you are in the actual plot, this movie can work for you.

The story is kind of interesting, but it's a bit complicated. Basically, Cuba Gooding, Jr plays a depressed loser who seeks meaning in his life, after terrible loss. Finding his inspiration, he is torn between seeking redemption and revenge, when it is taken away from him. Sounds kind of interesting, right? Well, the execution is a bit flawed, but I did appreciate the attempt to give me more than a basic, streamlined revenge movie.

Cuba Gooding, Jr has done quite a few of these direct-to-video action movies, and all have been flawed in some way. Still, I like him (and Ray Liotta) enough that I'll continue to watch them, even though they tend to get rated rather poorly on the IMDb. If you're the same way, then I recommend Hero Wanted. If not, maybe it's best that you just avoid it.


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