Does it really take a hero to change things around? Who is a ‘hero’? The lead actor was in no way a hero… but just did what he knew he had to do… and be true to himself and the belief that when something is worth living for, it is worth dying for.
It’s interesting to know that the name of the protagonist, D’Leh, is spelled “Held” backwards, “Held” being the German word for “hero”. Roland Emmerich (the director) chose this name as an easteregg for ‘the hero within’.
As for historical/geographical accuracy, don’t go looking for it in this film. This is not meant to be a documentary 😉
Despite the bashing this movie received from the audience, I would like to commend just one dialogue:
A good man draws a circle around himself and cares for those within. His woman, his children.
Other men draw a larger circle and bring within their brothers and sisters.
But some men have a great destiny.
They must draw around themselves a circle that includes many, many more.
Your father was one of those men. You must decide for yourself whether you are, as well.