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One Man's Hero
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by Greg Muskewitz

"It slips into cinema's cracks and should stay there."
2 stars

Problem is, there's nothing really bold to say about "One Man's Hero," because it contained nothing that was bold itself! It's nothing more than a period-war piece (yeah, we see how the fans of the genre flocked to see this one!) that becomes extremely mundane and boring.

I swear, you have to believe me, I don't have narcolepsy! But this is another film along the ranks of "The Messenger" and "Snow Falling On Cedars" where I couldn't help but doze off every now and then. Oh, that happened with "The Limey" too. I know it's not me, so either someone in the theater is wearing a bottle of sleeping gas, or the theater emits some sort of gas itself (it could always be in the water!).

"One Man's Hero" is all of this, as well as a VERY long period movie dealing with a group of Irish AWOLers. They had come from Ireland due to the famine, etc., and were promised a welcoming if the young lads were to join the army. But the Irish were discriminated against by other army people, who complained how the Irish were taking up their precious land and country. Tom Berenger is a higher ranking officer who leads the deserters away from camp, down into Mexico, when they are being illegally punished by an even higher ranking officer.

Berenger has plans of returning, but the others want to stay and "kick it" in Mexico with the cute girls and replenish supplies. With no chance of getting back, first they're attacked by a renegade group of Mexican freedom-fighters, protecting their land from the US (that's what the whole war is about in this movie). And then the American troops go after them in Mexico and just keep-a-coming, while the running time continues to build way beyond two hours.

Unless you have a keen interest in the Mexican-American revolution, I'd suggest keeping away from this boring mess. Over the course of the film, there's never anything to entice you to continue watching. Even the romance that sparks between Berenger and a middle-aged Mexican woman is dull, lax. There were no sparks, and no offerings of sex either.

The story moves along with the motivated pace of a slug, and there's nothing original to it. I can't remember the name of the movie, but it dealt with a tribe of Indians/Native Americans being chased out of the US into Canada, probably around the same time as this. "One Man's Hero" was exactly the same story, dulled down even further, but with the added perspective of the white people. I may have had pathos towards the Indians, but this mötley crew of stooges was forgettable, uncathartic, and simple works of (bad) fiction. The entire movie felt as stiff as a piece of cardboard!

The was no direction whatsoever from Lance Hool (who auspiciously to himself, inauspiciously to us, casts his brothers I'd suppose in very small supporting roles.), who seemed to take less interest in his film than a dog owner does in cleaning up the pooch's poop. He just wheelbarrows the camera along and shoves it in the middle of non-action, and bores us. For a war movie, whatever "war" they did show was so clichéd and unelaborate.

At best, "One Man's Hero" was non-offensive (or maybe to Hispanics and Irish it will be) with stereotypical and stiff performances throughout. The costumes were the only decent mentionable thing!

Final Verdict: D+

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User Comments

11/22/14 Peter Poindexter Proof that Viet Nam was NOT America's first wrong war. 5 stars
4/12/06 Iliana Alaffa One Man's Hero is an excellent film in which you can learn alot about the history of texas 4 stars
1/29/06 Joseph Carnagie Pretty good, if you like the period 4 stars
1/13/05 tatum About as historically accurate as "A Knight's Tale," shameless 1 stars
8/04/03 Tom Farrell Flawed film, but very worthy and neglected topic 5 stars
7/18/03 Angela Turner Do yourself a favor and READ unbiased history not hollywood propaganda. 1 stars
6/11/01 Michael Patton Too bad MGM is afraid of Americans learning the dirty historical truth of that war 5 stars
10/03/99 Andrew Chojecki Wonderful romantic epic in the style of old Hollywood. 5 stars
9/20/99 Christ Monkey Another solid performance by Berringer in a good, but unspectacular movie. 3 stars
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  24-Sep-1999 (R)
  DVD: 14-Aug-2001



Directed by
  Lance Hool

Written by
  Milton S. Gelman

  Tom Berenger
  Daniela Romo
  Stephen Tobolowsky
  Joaquim de Almeida

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