American Hero

2015

Action / Comedy / Drama / Sci-Fi

12
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 38%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 18%
IMDb Rating 4.9 10 3333

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Cast

Stephen Dorff as Melvin
Eddie Griffin as Lucille
Dominique Perry as Yolanda
Starlette Miariaunii as Pool Girl
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630.48 MB
1280*720
English
american_h
23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
P/S 2 / 11
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1920*1080
English
american_h
23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
P/S 3 / 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by syked_31 4 / 10

Not a lot happens

The entire movie in brief...

Waste of space guy with telekinesis has heart attack

Decides to use his abilities to help people

Challenges drug dealer to a fight

Drug dealer shoots his friend in the arm

Guys friends are angry at him

Goes back to being a waste of space

Friends like him again

Guy beats up drug dealer

Guy gets to pick up his estranged son from school

THE END

This could have been a good movie as the cast do a credible job with what they have been given, unfortunately that wasn't much. A lot of drinking, drug using and partying fill in the gaps where they seem to have run out of ideas and some unimaginative scenes where the lead character uses his powers make up the rest of the movie.

I was looking forward to seeing this movie but spent my entire time waiting for it to go somewhere, it never did.

Reviewed by ndatnguyen 8 / 10

A Good Movie - But A Bad "Superhero" Movie

I really enjoyed watching this movie. That said, I went in with very little expectations and I did not expect it to be Man of Steel or even Hancock. If all you want to see is a Hollywood superhero action movie, then this is not the movie for you.

This movie is about a guy with superpowers, not a superhero. It's depiction is much more down to earth, mundane, and realistic compared to the glamorous and romantic depiction of people with super powers in other movies like The Marvel and DC films.

It's about a pretty average, albeit really irresponsible guy who deals with his own personal issues.. he also just so happens to have telekinesis. I say give it a chance unless you want an action packed "superhero" movie.

Reviewed by quincytheodore 6 / 10

Closer-to-life version of Jean Grey and Professor X

It may be strange that a mockumentary crew follows a random underachiever guy who just lost custody of his son and sent to community service. After a while it turns out he has special power, a straight up X-Men material also accompanied by his best buddy in wheelchair. The movie later follows his squandered life, which is quite identifiable because he struggles with daily problems even with his superpower, although the cycle of his drug abuse can be monotonous at the end.

Superheroes movies usually opt for mix of fantasy, using outlandish power, and connection to the character, displaying their flaws to humanize them. American Hero clearly leans towards the latter as Melvin (Stephen Dorff) stumbles even on ordinary problems, let alone crime fighting. He looks stoned and disheveled almost the entire time. There's a good quality in his character, though one must look deep enough.

I remember Stephen Dorff from Blade as the cool named antagonist Deacon Frost, as Melvin he's the complete opposite, albeit ironically still with super power. Melvin is talented and smart even without the gift, yet he's using the telekinesis power to grope women with random objects and score drugs. The movie invests so much on establishing that he's a screw up, it has repetitive party montage for a good portion of the runtime, which tends to get stale after a while.

Eddie Griffin as Lucille, the sidekick in wheelchair is also Melvin's moral compass. He's a charismatic comedian, cracking jokes and having tendency to flirt with women, but he presents good brotherhood relationship for Melvin. It's also nice that the movie adds some interviews with supporting chars to establish heroic or mundane atmosphere as well as adding slight realistic flavor.

This is in heart, a comedy drama, not an ambitious use of super power like Chronicle. It does have solid special effect for some sequences, but it's still limited and might not look superbly authentic. The ones that work better are those seemingly happen out of nowhere and its use of mockumentary serves these tricks well.

American Hero might not be as grand as the title or premise suggests, but it brings more connection with the characters than larger sci-fi or action movies. Melvin is not the hero we deserve, he's the one we will have to make do.

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