Hero Wanted

July 10th, 2008


Hero Wanted

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After he awakens in a hospital, a man tracks down and murders the man that left him and a bank teller for dead during a robbery, only to end up having the slain thief's associates come after him in retaliation.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.7/10 (4,385 voted)

Director: Brian Smrz

Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ray Liotta, Tommy Flanagan

A man seeks out and murders the thief that left him and a bank teller for dead during a robbery, only to end up having the slain thief's associates come after him in retaliation.

Writers: Chad Law, Evan Law

Cuba Gooding Jr. - Liam Case
Ray Liotta - Detective Terry Subcott
Norman Reedus - Swain
Kim Coates - Skinner McGraw
Tommy Flanagan - Derek (as Thomas Flannigan)
Jean Smart - Melanie McQueen
Christa Campbell - Kayla McQueen
Steven Kozlowski - Lynch McGraw
Gary Cairns - Gill
Sammi Hanratty - Marley Singer (as Samantha Hanratty)
Ben Cross - Cosmo Jackson
Todd Jensen - Detective Wallace MacTee
Paul Sampson - Gordy McGraw
Lisa Dunne - Marley's Mom
Elitsa Rajeva - Dawn Case (as Elitza Rajeva)

Taglines: The Hero Becomes the Hunted.

Release Date: 10 July 2008

Filming Locations: New Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Scott Caan and Rachael Leigh Cook were considered for roles.

Crew or equipment visible: During the fast Steadicam move towards Derek firing the machine gun just after the police cars arrive, it's possible to see the edge of something attached to the camera on the extreme left of frame.

Liam Case: Revenge. It's an airborne disease. And it travels fast.

User Review

The plot was just too dumb to make a decent movie out of it

Rating: 3/10

I usually like the leads and the acting wasn't too bad but the plot and scripting was too ridiculous to hold your attention too long, especially for the last 20 minutes. I just wanted it to be over.

The junior bad guy just shows up in a bar and demands a meeting from one of the really tough guys. Who promptly dumps the woman he is with to listen to junior. And what is the message? That junior wants to meet the next day. Wow.

So they meet the next day and after some tough talk they decide to pull a bank job based on some information from some guy that only Junior knows. Why? Because Junior insists "he knows all the security and routines". It's hard not to ask whether guys this stupid can make it out of their teens.

And then after Gooding has killed a few of them, instead of just tracking him down and putting a bullet in his head they kidnap a little girl. Why make things so complicated? Apparently the only reason is to make us loathe them even more, but it comes across as another example of just too dumb to believe. A cheap ploy by a film that tries to take itself way too seriously. And we haven't even gotten to the shootout, where a guy yells stereotypic tough guy lines, then escapes the half dozen cops that are shooting at him by getting up and walking into the next room where he can take on the hero one on one. Or the reprise of the little girl. By that time I had the sound on and the video off and was reading email, waiting for the dumb thing to be over. I gave it a heartfelt 3. For Liotta and Gooding to be involved with this turkey should be an embarrassment to them both. Good grief.


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