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Gridiron Gang

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052YIIA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By O. Doyle on 11 April 2007
Format: DVD
Gridiron Gang is based on the true story of juvenile detention camp probation officer Sean Porter (The Rock), who is frustrated at seeing the teenage felons that he is responsible for at Camp Kilpatrick either reoffending and going to prison or dying through their gang affiliations. As a former college football star Porter decides to form a football team in the hope that it will teach the inmates to be winners instead of losers for the first time in their lives. Porter and probation officer, Malcolm Moore (Xzibit) become the coaches with a tough task of getting the inmates to give up their rivalries and unite as a team.

Far from being just another football movie Gridiron Gang gives you a good look into the lives and attitudes of teenage gang members and the mindset that has been instilled in them that their gang is their life. By playing football Coach Porter gives them a second chance to make their lives mean something and the ending of the film plays like a documentary where the real people behind the story talk about how their life turned out after their time in Camp Kilpatrick. I think its only then that you realize that this isn't just another movie but a real life story of triumph and tragedy.

I think The Rock came into his own in Gridiron Gang and after seeing excerpts from the real Coach Porter I thing the Rock not only did him justice but did it so well that he made the part his own. Xzibit was also outstanding and I think these two made a great team. All in all a really enjoyable movie which stands out as `not just another football movie'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 25 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
I'm not going to lie to you. This film is heavily clichéd. Somehow though it still managed to strike some nerve in me. Some parts of it I've felt like I'd seen but others shocked me because of how uncliched and down to earth realistic they were.

I think you know the general plot of the movie. Teenagers in a juvenile school/camp get the opportunity to play football because they think it will give them a chance at success after they're released. The man in charge of the team is played by the Rock, and he does a fine job as the coach. I really can't think of anybody, based on this script that could have done a better job in the role. He brings realism and fun to the character, and just the slightest bit of depth lacking from his previous roles. Xzibit barley spoke through the movie, he was just a tag on for sales but did great for what he was given. The other actors did a great job of portraying what -I assume- life would be like in a situation like that of the young boys. They did make you realize how hard life can be for a lot of them. This movie will make you laugh and at the same time want to adopt the kids. It's sad to think of things like this actually happening in life.

The film is beautiful to look at despite the shaky-cam. The score however I felt dragged the film down. It's the cliché sports-film music. I think a lot more or at least something different could have been done but a good amount of football was shown in the movie, which I enjoyed.

Overall this is a pretty good film. Oscars? Not at all. Box office hit? It wasn't even close. Probably will go down with "Invincible." Popular with the general public? I think it will be because even though at times it feels so generic and cliché, after those times it feels real.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
As a mega wrestling fan I am always eager to see Superstars on the silver screen and I was not disappointed. The Rock gives a first class performance as the football coach who dedicates himself to trying to turn around the lives of the young offenders in his charge. He endeavours to turn losers into winners by taking them away from the gang culture through teaching them self respect.

Rocky is ably supported by an excellent cast. This is a football film I thoroughly enjoyed even though I know nothing about the American game. At times it is heart wrenching, the mundane music score adding to the atmosphere. It is the best film I have seen in a long time, well deserving a mention at the Oscars. Sadly the best films always go unnoticed.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 27 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
The concept of creating a movie based on "problem" kids and a mentor guiding them to the good path is not novel. So in that sense, this film does not provide a lot of original concepts. What it does provide though, is an uplifting story and a good balance between the scenes focused on the personal stories of the main characters and the sport moments.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Sean Porter, a counselor at a juvenile detention center, who is sick and tired of seeing these kids get back on the street only to get killed or sent to jail. In a burst of inspiration, he decides that creating a football team may be the answer to the problem. However, this is easier said than done, and there are many challenges along the way. Overcoming the gang wars among the teenagers under his care is just part of the problem; finding a league in which to play and convincing the kids that they are not losers, proves to be a big challenge.

The movie definitely succeeds in conveying the immensity of the problem created by gangs. It does this through a set of eye-opening personal stories that help understand why these kids behave like they do and why they ended up in gangs in the first place. As is expected, there is a fair amount of violence included in the plot, but I think that this was used wisely and without exaggeration. Regarding the performances, I was really impressed by how much The Rock has evolved as an actor, which shows that he is taking the change in careers very seriously. I remember liking his role in "Be Cool", but that was one in which the character provided more leeway for inexperience; in this case, the job he faced was much tougher.

If you are looking for a sports movie that provides something new and original, you will likely be disappointed by this effort.
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