Early in Frances Anne Solomon’s“Hero: Inspired by The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross,” Nicola Cross – daughter of the film’s titular subject – states that she wishes she had explored her father’s life story before his death. But as the saying goes, better late than never. And after viewing the subsequent two hours of this globetrotting saga, audiences will likely agree that this film is overdue. An ambitious documentary-narrative feature hybrid, “Hero” showcases an accomplished diplomat/lawyer/decorated war veteran whose untold story deserves to be discovered.
The story begins with Ulric Cross’ childhood years in Trinidad and Tobago, where his academic prowess lands him an opportunity to attend the most prestigious high school in the country. Filled with hope and ambition, his life soon takes a tragic turn, however, after his mother suddenly dies and his father abandons the family…. READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW