Like a relic from another era, Christian Sesma’s trashy romp “Shoot the Hero!” happily flouts its love for Tarantino/Rodriguez-style comic violence as though it were the latest thing. A little strange, a little amateurish and a bit fun, the pic celebrates a nerdy guy going macho against some pro crooks in Palm Springs, site of the world-premiere launch that will eventually land it in vid bins thanks to lead Jason Mewes and a roster of genre character actors and legends including Danny Trejo and Fred Williamson.
Three-part narrative, set over a single night, pits feuding fiances Nate (Mewes) and Kate (Samantha Lockwood) against a jewel heist ring led by a similarly contentious pair (Paul Sloan and Nick Turturro). Nate silences pushy Kate by confronting the thieves and grabbing the goods. Meanwhile, the seemingly bumbling Smith Brothers (“Nic Nac” Nicotera and Mike Hatton) get stranded outside Palm Springs and run into a mercenary army led by Williamson. Soon enough in the pic’s 74-minute playing time, the Smiths’ true identities are revealed when all parties meet in a club run by Trejo (in typically colorful form) for the requisite shootout. Robert Koehler