When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach (McConaughey) and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
Mathew McConaughey sweeps in and not only keeps the team alive but the whole movie. His performance was hands down his best to date. He made you laugh, cry, and move a little closer to the screen almost off the edge of your fold down. You completely forgot he had made movies like "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days".
Mathew Fox(LOST) was his perfect counter weight.Opposites in every way. His down to earth nature and his hurting heart clashed beautifully with McConaughey.
David Stratham was one of my underdog favorites. His character I felt the most saddened emotion for. He was the president of Marshall that the burden of the school and football program fell upon. His perseverance and character was the closet I got to a tear drop or two. Come to find out he later became the president of the University I graduated from and our arena is even named after him.
I thought the movie on the whole was enjoyable. I was pretty disappointed with the beginning. It was supposed to portray one of the most devastating events in NCAA history and it fell short. I wish the filmmaker would have just let what was going to happen happen instead of changing shudder speeds and slapping everything with slow motion. I found myself losing connection with characters and the event. One minute I'm sucked in and on the edge of my seat and then everything goes silent, the music is turned up, and I sit back in my chair...disconnected. But like I said before...bring in the Mathews and I'm back in action.
Football cinematography never ceases to amaze me. Right when I think there can't be anything else really done and everything is going the way of the Buffalo another football movie comes out and shows me I'm wrong. There are more than three angles to a football game I guess.
Enjoyable and inspiring despite the jolts and bumps that kept me out and on the sidelines.