Release dateApril 29, 2008 (2008-04-29) WriterChad Law, Evan Law
Hero wanted 2008 trailer
Hero Wanted is a 2008 American thriller film directed by Brian Smrz in his directorial debut, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ray Liotta, Kim Coates, and Norman Reedus. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on April 29, 2008.
Liam Case (Cuba Gooding Jr.) 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 bank 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 both the girl and Liam end up being shot by one of the robbers. After recovering from his injury, Liam kills the robber who shot him and the girl. He then realizes that the associates of the dead robber will not stop until they have avenged that death.
Cuba Gooding Jr. as Liam Case
Ray Liotta as Detective Terry Subcott
Kim Coates as Skinner McGraw
Norman Reedus as Swain
Jean Smart as Melanie McQueen
Christa Campbell as Kayla McQueen
Ben Cross as Cosmo Jackson
Tommy Flanagan as Derek
Gary Cairns II as Gill
Steven Kozlowski as Lynch McGraw
Sammi Hanratty as Marley Singer
Paul Sampson as Gordy McGraw
Todd Jensen as Detective Wallace MacTee
Shooting took place in Sofia, Bulgaria in 32 days on April 3 and May 5, 2007.
DVD was released in Region 1 in the United States on April 29, 2008, and also Region 2 in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2008, it was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It is included a downloadable Digital Copy (PC and PSP) version of the disc with studio-imposed restrictions (and was one of the first DVDs to offer this now commonplace feature).
David Johnson of DVD Verdict wrote, "It's violent and over-the-top, but Hero Wanted is ultimately a slick, hollow affair."