Watch Shoot The Hero
- 1 hr 22 min
Shoot the Hero is a 2010 action-comedy movie directed by Christian Sesma, starring Jason Mewes, Samantha Lockwood, and Danny Trejo. It follows the story of a couple who struggle to keep their marriage alive amidst their failed attempts at heists and robberies. The film is set in Los Angeles and carries a satirical tone as it exposes the criminal underworld of the city. The movie starts with a hilarious scene of a couple, Cliff (Jason Mewes) and Jen (Samantha Lockwood), who have married for ten years and both addicted to adrenaline and excitement. They are seen robbing a convenience store with guns but their efforts are in vain as they fail to take the money off the counter, instead of leaving a mess and getting away from the police. The following day, Cliff and Jen attend a party where they meet some of their friends, including a drug dealer named Carlos (Danny Trejo), who also happens to be Jen's ex-boyfriend. Carlos rubs Cliff the wrong way, and he resolves to act on it. The two argue, with Cliff telling Carlos that he doesn't want to see him near Jen anymore. As the night went on, Cliff and Jen decide to rob her boss at the pharmaceutical company and take the drug that was stolen. The two realize that the drug they just stole is the one Carlos is planning to use to poison a government agent, a move that would earn him ample amount of money from the drug cartel. In an attempt to avoid getting caught by the police, Cliff and Jen kidnap the agent and hold him hostage, later discovering that he has a mandatory hearing with the biggest names in law enforcement. In a surprising twist, the government agent turns out to be a character that knew of the couple's erratic behavior already and who also seeks a way out of the situation. Meanwhile, Carlos and his cronies are in full gear to find the drug they lost, and it becomes a race-against-time situation for the two teams, with both trying to outdo each other in intelligence and action. The film takes its time to introduce each character formally, and as it progresses, it becomes evident that the movie isn't about good guys versus bad guys, but the chaotic and unorganized nature of crime itself. The characters are all portrayed as morally ambiguous and are neither motivated by good nor evil, just their own interests, which is the major theme of the movie. In terms of direction, Shoot the Hero is well crafted from a technical standpoint. The action sequences are well choreographed, and although the movie has a low budget, it never shows. The camera work is smooth and polished, and the editing is crisp and always compliments the pacing of the movie. Jason Mewes and Samantha Lockwood deliver fantastic performances, and their chemistry is entirely believable. Mewes brings the right amount of comedy while Lockwood handles the romantic scenes with charisma and a certain silent toughness. Danny Trejo is also effective, as always. His dialogue may not be the most extensive, but his screen presence and persona never fail to impress. In conclusion, Shoot the Hero is a hilarious, chaotic, and twisted dark comedy that intelligently puts a satirical twist on the crime genre. The movie's derisive tone and competent cast make it enjoyable and entertaining, and the thought-provoking character-focused story leaves a great memory despite its independent production background.