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Real Heroes (Film) Review

 
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Length: 84 minutes
 
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2.5/ 5


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It's entertaining enough, in its own absurd way.

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It's also quite bad, intentionally so for the most part - although the camera work is often inexcusably so.


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  It’s like Real World crossed with Mystery Men…yeah. So Real Heroes is one of those films where, as soon as you hear what it’s all about, you realize that it’s going to either be really bad, or just the right amount of bad to be funny. In this case, the end product is a […]

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Posted November 17, 2014 by

 
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It’s like Real World crossed with Mystery Men…yeah.

So Real Heroes is one of those films where, as soon as you hear what it’s all about, you realize that it’s going to either be really bad, or just the right amount of bad to be funny. In this case, the end product is a little bit of both. There are some generally amusing parts in this movie, and every one of them is of the “so bad it’s good” variety. But when it comes right down to it, Real Heroes is not a movie you’re going to find yourself watching again and again.

The premise of the movie involves a reality tv show, like the many that appear to be on every channel nowadays. Real Heroes LA is a show featuring super heroes, thrown together to live in a secret base and work as a team of super heroes, fighting crime and raising ratings in one profitable swoop. Unfortunately, the big name super heroes just aren’t the type to sign up for this sort of gig, so what the tv producers are left with is a mishmash of characters with somewhat questionable talents.

The tv world being what is, naturally the heroes are chosen more for their looks and the drama they can bring to the show than any true talent or calling for fighting crime. And so, what viewers are left with is a cast of super heroes that are pretty much as ridiculous as you’d expect. There’s Sable, an aging crime fighter who actually knows her way around the martial arts and an investigation. She’s accompanied by her teenaged daughter Vixen, who predictably fights nonstop with her mother. The other female in the house is Malibu Action Girl, sort of a cross between Barbie and Batman, her dad purchased all the tools she uses to fight crime, but she’s usually more interested in her outfit than any real work.

The guys in the house are an interesting mix. Big Shot is a paranoid Robin Hood type who has seriously weird issues, but he definitely knows his way around a bow and arrow. The Water Warrior is the eye candy, his mesh shirt showing off his body as he ruffles his hair and generally acts like the male bimbo he’s meant to be. His ability to talk to fish (and how that would actually help in battle) is undoubtedly questionable. Finally, there’s the talented Psychic Sam who already knows everything that is going to happen, and is pretty much bored by it all – though he isn’t above a quick phone call to avert danger.

The story is a pretty predictable blend of Real World type roommate drama and fights with ridiculous villains, with plot twists of both the expected and unexpected variety. It’s’ all pretty out there, at times entertainingly so, while at others just stupidly so. The villains are mostly predictable as well, though you’ll likely get a chuckle the first time you see the NecroNazi, simply from the absurdity of it. And that’s really the appeal you’ll find in Real Heroes – it’s downright absurd, and if you’re the type to find that amusing, you won’t be disappointed. If you go into the film knowing it’s going to be both stupid and funny, you’ll likely get some laughs and a reasonably good time.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)