‘American Hero': Film Review

Stephen Dorff plays a hard-partying slacker with telekinetic powers in Nick Love’s offbeat superhero dramedy.

Superheroes have spin so prevalent in a enlightenment that they now even stock indie dramedies. Such is a box with British filmmaker Nick Love’s (The Sweeney) quirky take on a genre, featuring Stephen Dorff as a prime burnout who seeks personal emancipation by regulating his telekinetic powers to quarrel crime in run-down New Orleans. But while it has some comical moments, American Hero is not expected to poise many of a hazard to a Avengers.

The mocking suggested impression is Melvin (Dorff), who uses his unexplained powers especially for celebration tricks while devoting many of his appetite to posterior booze, drugs and women. Living with his mom and younger sister, he’s disloyal from his ex-wife (Keena Ferguson), who prevents him from spending poignant time with his immature son (Jonathan Billions) since of his hard-partying ways.

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When a health shock finally induces Melvin to purify adult his act, he starts holding on a drug-dealing criminals terrorizing his neighborhood. Using his singular abilities to propel cars into a atmosphere and sentinel off a bullets and knives streamer his way, he’s finally regulating his powers for good even as they’re apparently weakening his heart.

While these sequences beget a satisfactory volume of torment — a special effects are surprisingly convincing deliberation a apparently low bill — it’s a some-more insinuate moments that give a film some heart. The attribute between Melvin and his best friend, a infirm fight maestro named Lucille (Eddie Griffin), is touchingly drawn, with one of a some-more relocating scenes involving Melvin gifting Lucille with a snazzy new motorized wheelchair. Another prominence comes when Melvin uses a infrequent arrangement of his telekinetic abilities to shock off his sister’s gullible boyfriend.

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Still, there’s unequivocally not many of a story here, with a brief using time padded out with clearly unconstrained scenes of Melvin merrymaking adult a storm. Dorff, who deserves improved projects, is typically plain as a prodigal hero, and Griffin delivers a easily understated spin as his caustic buddy. Director/screenwriter Love uses his decrepit locations to glorious advantage, giving a film a rarely lived-in atmosphere that will no doubt have New Orleans residents entertaining on a protagonist. But American Hero, that intermittently uses a faux-documentary character to ungainly effect, never utterly decides what it wants to be.    

Production: Vertigo Films

Distributor: Screen Media Films

Cast: Stephen Dorff, Eddie Griffin, Bill Billions, Jonathan Billions, Andrea Cohen, Luis Da Silva Jr., Keena Ferguson

Director/screenwriter: Nick Love

Producers: Allan Niblo, James Richardson, Nick Love

Executive producers: Nigel Williams, Rupert Preston

Director of photography: Simon Dennis

Production designer: Forest Fagan

Editor: Richard Graham

Composer: Lorne Balfe

Casting: Ryan Glorioso

Not rated, 86 min.

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