Gridiron Gang (2006) PG-13 120min
September 16th, 2007 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 3,458 Views
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a juvenile detention camp officer decides that in order to rehabilitate the inmates and turn them from violent gang members into team players he can organize them into a football team. His superiors don’t believe into the idea at first, but with help of fellow detention officer (rapper Xzibit) he may prove them wrong.
Honestly, I did not want to watch this movie till the end just so I can blog ab out it. I thought it was a different movie when I slid DVD into the player. Well, I hate sport movies: the “good shepherd” of a coach, the slow-motion sport action, track of the ball through the air, handshakes with dramatic music and drumbeats and screams like “Yeah!” and “The Team!” and “Bring it on!” and “We are going to win because winning is great and loosing sucks” (the best one is probably “you don’t have to be the best player, just have to believe you are going to win in your heart”). And I don’t care for the game they call football in America. So what’s new?
The only sport movie that worked for me was “Million Dollar Baby”, and it was really a darama with box as a background. Unfortunately, Gridiron Gang follows the usual formula. Apparently the movie is based on real-life story of Camp Kilpatrick Mustangs. There is some drama infused into it, such as flashbacks into the gangsta-past of the camp’s inmates and death of coach Sean “The Rock”’s own mama. The last 3rd of the movie was just slow-motion that was a real pain to watch, so I didn’t. I began to write this. In the end of the movie, during final credits, there are excerpts from the Emmy-Award documentary chronicling the creation of Camp Kilpatrick Mustangs. As far as drama is concerned, there were some touching and sweet moments, but mostly cliche. I felt bad about all those kids that were shot by gangsters or that kid who was run over by the car. But it’s basically a movie about teenagers/misfits becoming team players and the best of them coming out during training and game play, with infusion of some drama. Can’t believe it was two hours long.
There are some messages for teenage audience: don’t do stupid things that may land you in juvenile detention facility, learn to play with other kids, love your mama, believe in yourself. There are many ways to get inspiration for your life when you are down or in trouble, and sport is one of them.
DVD special features include commentary with director and writer, deleted scenes, multi-angle football scene and some other.
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