Hero Wanted (2008)

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Liam Case is a garbage man whose life hasn't quite turned out the way he expected it would. In order to impress the girl of his dreams, Liam plans an elaborate heist that will culminate with him jumping in to save the day at the last minute. When the day of the heist arrives, however, the plan takes an unexpected turn and Liam winds up in the hospital.

"Hero Wanted" is a 2008 criminal offense thriller movie directed by Brian Smrz and stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Ray Liotta, and Norman Reedus. The story revolves around Liam Case (Gooding Jr.), a garbage collector who prepares a bank break-in with the ulterior motive of ending up being a hero and winning back the lady he enjoys.

The Main Plot
Liam Case, depicted by Cuba Gooding Jr., is a garbage man who nurses an aspiration to become a hero and has long loved Kayla McQueen (Jean Smart). His opportunity emerges when he meets a group of crooks planning a bank break-in. Liam, encouraged by his love for Kayla, decides to join them, but not for the cash. His strategy is to foil the burglary from within, rescue the captives, and hence end up being a hero in front of Kayla, who operates at the bank.

The script takes an unforeseen twist when the burglary fails, resulting in a shootout. Kayla winds up being shot, unintentionally by Liam and ends up in a coma, making Liam the unintended cause of her state. Liam is ravaged and driven by regret and a desire for redemption, plans a harmful vengeance against the staying crew members. He believed they were responsible for injuring Kayla instead of himself.

While this is occurring, Detective Terry Subcott (Ray Liotta), a pal of Kayla, ends up being suspicious of Liam's significantly odd habits. As the violence intensifies and Liam gets the lawbreakers one by one, Subcott begins to unwind Liam's role in the botched criminal offense, bringing the two of them into a direct confrontation.

The climax of the motion picture is a nail-biting series where Liam's strategy to do justice and obtain redemption collides with Subcott's dogged pursuit of the reality. During the last conflict, Subcott confronts and shoots Liam, and he falls under a dumpster, however not before exposing to Subcott that he orchestrated the bank break-in to become a hero for Kayla.

In the end, Liam makes it through thanks to a bulletproof vest and ends up in the Hospital, once again saving a kid's life, re-enacting the incident that invoked his desire to be a hero years back. Kayla recuperates from the coma, and Subcott not pressing additional charges provides the motion picture a relatively happier ending.

In general
"Hero Wanted" is a mix of criminal activity, drama, and action genres with an unique property of a man's mission to end up being a hero. Yet, the film's message is clear: being a hero is not about surface-deep applause or achieving personal aspirations, but about being selfless and helping others. Cuba Gooding Jr.'s compelling performance includes depth to the film, which takes audiences on a psychological roller coaster trip. The movie explores styles of guilt, redemption, and the lengths one can go to remedy a wrong, making it a must-watch for thriller enthusiasts.

Top Cast

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (small)
    Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Liam Case
  • Ray Liotta (small)
    Ray Liotta
    Detective Terry Subcott
  • Norman Reedus (small)
    Norman Reedus
  • Kim Coates (small)
    Kim Coates
    Skinner McGraw
  • Tommy Flanagan (small)
    Tommy Flanagan
  • Jean Smart (small)
    Jean Smart
    Melanie McQueen
  • Christa Campbell (small)
    Christa Campbell
    Melanie McQueen
  • Gary Cairns (small)
    Gary Cairns
  • Samantha Hanratty (small)
    Samantha Hanratty
    Marley Singer
  • Ben Cross (small)
    Ben Cross
    Cosmo Jackson
  • Todd Jensen (small)
    Todd Jensen
    Detective Wallace MacTee