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American Hero (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 11 December 2015 (USA)
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Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, lives only for crime, women and drugs - until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Melvin Hesper
Eddie Griffin ... Lucille
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Lyle
Christopher Berry ... Danny
Yohance Myles ... Lucas
Andrea Cohen ... Eileen Hesper
Raeden Greer ... Clarice Hesper
Countrified Wedman Countrified Wedman ... Nathan
Robert Larriviere ... Doctor
Phillip Youmans ... Kid (as Phillip Michael Youmans)
Jonathan Billions ... Rex
Christopher Paul Horne Christopher Paul Horne ... Jeffrey
Tonea Stewart ... Gladis
Daniel James ... Ryan
Keena Ferguson Keena Ferguson ... Doreen
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Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, lives only for crime, women and drugs - until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter.

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Американски герой See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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$990,000 (estimated)
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Vertigo Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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"There is definitely content here to be enjoyed, it's just a shame that a clumsy execution and weak story arc hamper some of the film's better components"
10 March 2018 | by Oli_palmer23See all my reviews

The story of a person with superhuman abilities filmed in a handheld style will inevitably cast minds back to Josh Trank's 2012 highly enjoyable breakout hit CHRONICLE. However, while AMERICAN HERO certainly offers at least a nod in that direction, it is clear from the off that this is its own film with a focus more on the man than the power.

AMERICAN HERO tells the story of Melvin (Dorff), a man gifted with the power of telekinesis and little interest in using his powers for anything worthwhile. Instead, he spends the majority of his time partying and using his powers to impress girls. Along with his wheelchair-bound best friend Lucille (Griffin), he is living a fairly wasted existence. That is until he begins to question his moral compass after a realisation that getting his life back on track will be the only way to see his estranged son.

It's a fairly conventional quest for redemption story template with a superpower thrown in to make the story a bit more sellable. It doesn't offer anything fresh to the genre but it does have its charms. In the lead role, Dorff is well cast and believable as an ordinary guy who just happens to possess this gift he has no idea how to use to his full advantage. Curiously, and rather refreshingly, it's never revealed at any point in the story how Melvin came to be this way, or indeed if there might be others like him. In the supporting role, Griffin is a hoot as the best friend/sidekick providing much of this film's wittiest moments.

British writer/director Nick Love, who is more known for his gritty British crime dramas including THE BUSINESS and THE SWEENEY, has really stepped out of his comfort zone here with this all-American comedy that boasts elements of sci-fi and superheroism. What's more, he's chosen to film AMERICAN HERO in the style of a hybrid documentary/fly-on-the-wall. It's a method that does not pay off in the way he had hoped as it makes the narrative a little confusing; at times it's clear the characters are aware they are being filmed and even address the camera, other times they're not. You can't help but wish this narrative clumsiness had been handled with a bit more care.

The moments we spend with Melvin as he contemplates his life and where he's heading provide some of the film's best moments, his interactions with Lucille are a particular joy. What is perhaps not quite as charming is the limited story arc and one particular unconvincing character development that threatens to overrule the enjoyment factor. The end conclusion also feels rushed and uninspiring.

There is definitely content here to be enjoyed, it's just a shame that a clumsy execution and weak story arc hamper some of the film's better components.


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