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Genre: Action/Crime
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr, Ray Liotta, Norman Reedus, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Christa Campbell, Steven Kozlowski, Paul Sampson, Ben Cross
Director: Brian Smrz
Rating: M18 (Violence & Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2008




- Commentary with Director Brian Smrz, Co-writer Chad Law and Cuba Gooding Jr



Languages: English/French
Subtitles: English/French/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Once the toast of the city, Liam Case is now a forgotten man, a hero whose fame has passed him by. Hoping to restore his former glory, he attempts to foil an armed robbery but winds up shot instead. Recovering from his wounds, Liam swears vengeance and begins a hunt of his own, leading to a shocking climax that proves the old adage: heroes are made not born.


How far would you go to pursue after the girl you love?

The above seems like a message send across by the screenwriters. In “Hero Wanted”, Cuba Gooding Jr plays Liam Chase, a man tormented by the death of his wife and unborn child until a heroic act puts him back to the ground. As silly as it sounds, Liam knew the only way to win the heart of a beautiful bank teller whom he set eyes on at the grave yard is to pull off another heroic stunt but things went far awry, in a way Liam never would have expected.

The so-called twist happened around at the one hour mark, I shall not delve further in case I ruined your viewing enjoyment. However be prepared for constant flashbacks and fast editing throughout, techniques that are flashy in style but do no credentials to the storytelling.

Our leading man, Academy Award Winner Cuba Cooding Jr seems like he is due to join the stable of actors liked Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes as he frequents the STD (not what you are thinking, stands for Straight to DVD) Club. At least he puts in a rousing performance here rather than the painful “Daddy Day Camp”. Character actor Ray Liotta turns in an appearance as foul-mouthed detective Terry Subcott, a role that Liotta can churned out while sleepwalking. Interestingly, the group of bad guys is far more convincing portrayed with people like Tommy Flannagan (Gladiator) and Kim Coates (Black Hawk Down) on board.

Director Brian Smrz who serves as 2nd Unit director and Stunt coordinator on movies such as “Mission Impossible II” and “Minority Report” has little to offer here in terms of pumping adrenalin, aside from plenty of gunshots and two violent acts of fist fights with cameras swirling wilder than a coaster ride, “Hero Wanted” has more to do with Liam’s personal struggle and self-redemption.

You might snicker at the whole purpose of Liam’s intention in the first place but given the B movie’s concept and tight production budget, “Hero Wanted” makes a good substitution over those boring programmes on TV.


A commentary track with Cuba Gooding Jr, Director Brian Smrz and Co-writer Chad Law is included. Everyone on board has something nice, interesting to say. There are plenty of trailers on upcoming Sony titles like "88 Minutes", "Southland Tales", "Revolver", 13 of them in all and a promo Blu-ray reel.


This Code 3 DVD is presented in widescreen 1.85 with a 5.1 surround soundtrack. Visual doesn’t appear to be the best in clarity with slight grainy spots. The soundtrack serves best during those gun firing sequences. Clarity of dialogue is not a problem.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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