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American Hero's heart seems to be in the right pace, but there are way too many issues to recommend 'American Hero'. Even though I can admit this movie isn't "good", I did enjoy its deprived take on an "average joe" having exceptional gifts. They had something here, its just too bad it never woke from its melancholy.
I think the documentary form of this movie (including leaving mention of it after the first part of the movie) worked well with the storyline.
This movie is a good concept and starts off well with humour and intrigue. However the pace of the film seriously declines in the middle act. The film takes far too long to get where it is going and when it does get there the budget is too low to make the payoff woth while. Good idea....good potential....missed opportunity.
Cutting to the chase: this is not, thankfully, another super hero blockbuster. Though a block does get busted. But enough with the spoilers. Let's move on.
Tough to tell just what the hell "American Hero" is all about. A faux doc? A sappy family tale? A gritty drama? A twisted comedy? Whatever. There is something entrancing about this little indie film, in spite of its various personalities. And that something is Stephen Dorff, who manages to morff his way through a glorious mess. As Melvin, he's a good buddy, a party animal, a bad but trying hard dad, and the owner of some crazy kinetic powers. A barfly superhero with a tarnished heart of gold, Melvin keeps trying to do the right thing, and for the most part, failing miserably.
The wicked special effects are a surprise in such a seemingly small time film, and though that bit of smoke and mirrors should totally derail the story, it all actually works.
Enjoyable to say the least. Surprising to say the most.
A bland, excruciatingly slow movie that fosters no emotional interest or attachment to any of its characters. The documentary format is not pursued loyally enough to add anything to the form. The plot is non-existent because the conflict is meager. The final show-down is anticlimactic. The directors thought it necessary to include 3 lengthy 'party hard' scenes that added nothing to the plot. And the pay-off of it all was a 2-second scrap of a resolution. Halfway through I literally put the movie on 2x speed to get it the fuck over with. Don't waste your time on it.
Great cast. TERRIBLE WRITING.
Could have been an amazing story but the writers failed in almost every single way imaginable.
American Hero commence comme une comédie décalée sur un paumé avec le pouvoir de télékinésie avant de bifurquer sur le thème du héros, des laissés-pour-compte, de la vie après Katrina à la Nouvelle-Orléans chez ceux qui ont tout perdu... Parfois un peu bancal mais constamment touchant, American Hero réussit bien quelques petits détails qui font mouche. Stephen Dorff est parfait dans le rôle principal tandis qu'Eddie Griffin rappelle ses grandes heures (si tant est qu'elles furent grandes). Quand à la mise en scène de Nick Love, si elle fait parfois penser à du found footage à cause du côté faux-docu, elle épouse parfaitement son sujet et lui permet quelques digressions bienvenues. American Hero est une des très bonnes surprises de ce premier semestre.
A promising premise was squandered, despite solid perfomances.
Funny. Creative. Triumphant and wild.
Great movie.Loved it!