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Superheroes (2010)

Margo Martindale , Dash Mihok , Alan Brown  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Margo Martindale, Dash Mihok, Spencer Treat Clark
  • Directors: Alan Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002T4GY46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Superheroes" on IMDb

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An excellent movie. --Philadelphia Weekly

A HARROWING ANTI-WAR TALE...Dash Mihok emerges as one today s most intriguing young actors. --Austin Film Festival

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Dash Mihok of THE PERFECT STORM and THE THIN RED LINE stars as Iraqi War veteran Ben Patchett, who returns home with a body shredded by shrapnel, a mind anguished by trauma, and a heart destroyed by his wife s leaving for another man. But during a support group session with other troubled veterans, Ben meets a young documentary filmmaker (Spencer Treat Clark of MYSTIC RIVER) who wants to tell his story. Together these two men will explore the damage of war, the limitations of redemption, and the power of friendship to heal even the deepest wounds. Margo Martindale (MILLION DOLLAR BABY) co-stars in this award-winning drama from writer/director Alan Brown that Cinequest calls, tense, superbly acted and sure to spark discussion. SUPERHEROES is a rare film that speaks to both the mind and heart.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "They all died and I didn't. How'd that happen?" August 22, 2011
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SUPERHEROES (dir. Alan Brown, 2006, just released on DVD in 2010) was a stunning surprise of an independent film. Aside from the unrelated documentary from August of this year by the same title (see my review), this was a pleasant albeit shocking surprise and I'm not at all surprised it was sort of repressed.

Set in mid-2005, we meet a young college student named Nick (the ethereally beautiful Spencer Treat Clark, UNBREAKABLE, GLADIATOR), an aspiring filmmaker. He's in the local VA filming - for the VA only - the group therapy sessions for Iraq War veterans. He becomes entranced by a deeply damaged and wounded vet named Ben (the stunning Dash Mihok, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW). He proposes to Ben that a documentary be made about Ben's war experiences and his life afterward. The result is tear-inducing and very realistic.

Though it is a quiet, independent and modest film, it is brilliant. It moves when it should, it stands absolutely still at certain moments and the acting is so Oscar-worthy that to even mention "Oscar" is an insult. I kept wondering, why hadn't I heard of this film before? Today it seems like there are too many Iraq/Afghanistan films that really suck. Same was true of the Viet Nam films. However, one or two of these mid-2000s films are excellent, and this is one of them.

Though Nick and Ben seem on the verge of some kind of relationship, and it is a forming friendship, this film does not really try to approach anything like a gay relationship. In fact there is a subtle and hilarious scene that lays that idea to rest - though you might just wonder by the time it ends. Aside from some strong language, I'd recommend this as a family film. It could certainly be of help to those families who cannot understand Post Traumatic Stress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is one to watch, & own. June 22, 2013
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This movie is one to watch, & own. It deals with two vet's one who helps other vets deal with issue for the war, & the last one that he his helping, will be his last one. As he succumb to his own issues. To see or know what happens you will need to see the movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weird and awkward April 21, 2013
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Weird and awkward. I'm writing this review to hopefully discount the several 5 star reviews this movie has received. This film is neither entertaining nor worthwhile to watch. The character's relationships are very strange, and their interactions are awkward. The film goes no where and left me feeling like I just wasted my time. Great acting, but nothing I'd ever recommend anyone spend their time watching.
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This underrated, mostly unseen film from writer/director Alan Brown crystallizes the long-term, psychological toll that the Iraqi War is having on our returning armed services personnel. It does so by showing us the tormented after-(war)life of Iraqi War vet Ben Patchett, wonderfully played by Dash Mihok. 'Superheroes' calls to mind a similar film, the also-mostly-unseen The Dry Land from writer/director Ryan Piers Williams.

With the exception of some small supporting roles, 'Superheroes' is effectively a two-man movie featuring Minok and Spencer Treat Clark as a young, wannabe filmmaker who wants to record Patchett's story. The film tracks the unlikely friendship that develops between the two. It could easy be transported to the stage. I think it would make a great play.

I question one thing: the decision to entitle the movie "Superheroes." All that did was to ensure that the movie get buried under the rapidly growing pile of Marvel and DC Comic movie releases. When I came to Amazon to review this film, a search on 'Movies and TV' for "Superheroes" brought back 2,569 matches. This film deserves better than to be covered up like that.
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