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|Original title:||The Public|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 119 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
An extreme cold wave plagues the inhabitants of Cincinnati. Especially the many homeless suffer from the freezing cold, especially as warm sleeping places are scarce. During the day, many of them spend their time in the rooms of the municipal library, where they always find an open ear with the committed employees Stuart (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone). But they also have to follow the house rules, so Stuart knows no quarter. But when the cold causes the first deaths, a group of homeless people around Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) decides not to leave the library in the evening. They demand to be allowed to spend the night in the rooms. While Stuart takes her side, the police negotiator Bill Ramstead (Alec Baldwin), the tough prosecutor Josh Davis (Christian Slater) and the news reporter Rebecca Parks (Gabrielle Union), who only focuses on quotas and her career, come up with a tough headwind - and Stauart has to make a tough decision&.hellip;
With "An ordinary hero" actor and director Emilio Estevez ("Dein Weg") tells a story that can be seen as a plea for more humanity, for a dignified togetherness and for social justice. Certainly: This is now and then very thickly applied and also very clichéd drawn. For example the figure of the greasy public prosecutor Davis, who would go over dead bodies for a political career. Even the arrogant, but intellectually not exactly award-winning journalist, who doesn't take the truth too seriously when it comes to ratings, is portrayed very one-dimensionally. Unfortunately, there is no question that such people exist. But here a multilayered character drawing would have been much more interesting for the dramaturgy.
Estevez has a message he wants to convey. It is a very important message, especially in these times, which should be taken to heart. But the implementation has turned out to be very striking and should therefore only reach those viewers who are already on the same wavelength with Estevez anyway. Apart from that, "An ordinary hero" isn't a bad movie. The actors all deliver good performances, even though the script sometimes puts little obstacles in their way. The story is told in a thrilling way and even gives you some goose bumps. And the end turns the whole thing into something like a Feel-Good-Movie despite the rather difficult topic.
"An ordinary hero" is not the big one, but has the heart in the right place. And that makes up for many of the small weaknesses. A film that believes in the good in people and wants to open the hearts of the audience to those people who are worse off than themselves. Yes, it's very striking and masterfully implemented, but the message itself is really beautiful. And for that there is a clear one: Worth seeing!
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