This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
“Most of y’all have played for me before, so you know I don’t claim to be some basketball guru. My playbook is downright simple; only five set offensive plays. Five. Now believe it or not, we can go all the way with just those five plays. We’re gonna practice those plays 1000 times. We’re gonna practice ’em, till they are part of your… your DNA. All you boys need are three things: One, execution. Two, cohesiveness, which is just another fancy word for teamwork. You must learn to act as one unit on both ends of the court. One finger can’t pick up a pebble. But one hand… can move the Earth. Three, effort. You must bring it to every practice. You must bring it to every moment, to every second of every game. You leave that out there on that hard wood, and win or lose, you will never have to look in the mirror and wonder “Did I do enough?” We could have ourselves a great year fellas. A great year. But it all starts right here and right now. ” – Al Collins
Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Aug 2020)
Brief Synopsis – the year after Hurricane Katrina, a basketball coach forms a team made up of various school hit hard by the disaster in order to try and create a winning team.
Bottom Line – Enjoyable sports movie that takes things a bit over the top. Some of the events in the movie are obviously fabricated and despite dramatic license take away from the realism of this true story. The cast is great with Forrest Whitaker in the lead role. He is helped by Isiah Washington and Taraji P. Hansen. The story tries too hard to balance school and family life and ends up not being strong enough in either aspects despite a few key moments along the way including some very inspirational ones.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was filmed April-June 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was set to be theatrically released in early 2009, but due to the financial troubles of the Weinstein Company, it saw a straight-to-DVD release on February 9, 2010. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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