Sam Elliot, given more opportunities to cry in 92 minutes than throughout his entire career, stars in The Hero, a film of long, pensive stares, dead silence, second chances, trying to make things right etc, etc, etc. It's a tale as old as time and as recognisable as Mr Elliot's fantastic moustache. We've had plenty of aging actors who end up starring in the 'Over the hill, looking back on life' storyline. Bill Murray, Jeff Bridges, Jack Nicholson, all of them have done films like this in the past. Sam Elliot does turn in a great performance and is more affecting than he's possibly ever been, but there's just so little for him to work with. It took 2 screenwriters to essentially copy the script of Crazy Heart, just switching the faded singer for the faded actor. The acting is the best part of it, with some nice supporting roles provided by Laura Prepon and Nick Offerman, but there was so much more these actors could have been doing with their time. Films like this are in no short supply, and while The Hero isn't terrible by any means, it's far from the best example. Watch About Schmidt instead.