Deadly Hero is a neat little thriller about a psychotic NY City cop terrorizing a woman who has complained about his violent behaviour in saving her from assault. If it sounds complex, it is, and the characters are drawn with believable shades of gray.
The film, made entirely on NY City locations, expertly captures the nightmarish mood of the metropolitan jungle, buttressing plot credibility through good detail work and character vignettes, without wallowing in violence.
George Wislocki’s screenplay keeps up an unrelenting mood of stomach-wrenching anxiety as cellist Diahn Williams is first brutalized by James Earl Jones, then pursued by hothead cop Don Murray.
Jones has the flashiest role, and makes it a frightening portrait of a maniac.