2 WASTE OF A NOVEL PREMISE.SellierLloyd | 05/12/2008 | See all SellierLloyd's reviews (3)The basic premise of this movie's storyline is quite simply ingenious - a superhero who is at worst despised and at best pitied by the people of his hometown, LA, because of his inept, crapulous attempts at crime-fighting and life saving, usually accompanied by collateral damage that's costing the city's taxpayers millions. So far, so good, and Will Smith is utterly believeable as the eponymous "hero", his performance, as usual, exceptionally good. For the first half of the film we are treated to a series of enjoyable and humorous scenes and even the appearance of Jason Bateman's failed publicist brings opportunities for more hilarity and great FX. But then the threadbare plot reveals itself with a vengeance, introducing a really mangled and quite frankly ludicrous romantic strand. With negligible character development, it is impossible to understand the players' motivations or lack of/inappropriate emotional responses. The film bumbles along without improvement until it reaches its weak, risible and unsatisfactory conclusion. Oh and by the way, the so-called "twist" is given away in the menu clips, so don't watch them too closely. Another example of why stars shouldn't produce their own movies, perhaps.