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Gridiron Gang [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Drama starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as Sean Porter, a detention camp probation officer who oversees the inmates at Camp Kilpatrick in Los Angeles and isn't willing to write off the violent offenders who have been placed in his care. Though their prospects for the future are bleak, Porter is convinced that he can help them turn their lives around and make amends for the mistakes of their past. When Porter's proposal of forming a football team at Camp Kilpatrick meets with resistance in the highest ranks, the determined coach puts his career on the line to prove that even convicted criminals can acquire the tools needed to build a brighter future when given the proper motivation and the means of doing so.
In Gridiron Gang, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson once again displays far more cinematic charisma than one could expect from a former professional wrestler. Sean Porter (Johnson, Be Cool), a football player turned juvenile detention counsellor, wrestles with a seemingly insolvable problem: The vast majority of young men who leave detention fall right back into crime. Seeking a way to give these not-yet-hardened kids a taste of self-esteem and discipline, Porter persuades his superiors to let him teach the kids football--and then take on high school teams. Though based on a true story (documentary footage over the closing credits reveals that some dialogue was lifted straight from the real Sean Porter's mouth), Gridiron Gang is pure underdogs-overcome-adversity formula. A formula is not necessarily a bad thing; when executed with skill and commitment, fulfilling a classic story mechanism can be perfectly satisfying, and Gridiron Gang qualifies. But it's Johnson who carries it through, demonstrating--in the most unlikely of roles--a surprisingly gentle touch. Johnson manages to be manly without overbearing machismo, earning not only respect but empathy. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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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'.
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.
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.
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
Few things in cinema cause as much division as the inspirational sports movie. This type of film has been trundled out yearly since sport in movies became an avenue for studio executives to wander down whilst counting the potential kerching of cash tills. The division comes by way of the clamour for emotional impact from the watching masses. The kind that always exists in the uplifting sports movie; more so when the words " based on a true story" are part of the equation. Divisional thunder is thus, some believe it's essential and worthy to have the emotions teased and pulled from your very being ,it's why they watch such movies in the first place- others feel that it's a well trodden path and is something of an easy option to rely on emotional impact and forgo cranial proddings-impact over substance so to speak.
If you be the latter of the equation then run for the hills, get as far away from Gridiron Gang as you can. For this will be a trite, sickly, even banal, viewing for you. Me? Well I loved it because I'm of that other persuasion. I wanted the uplift, the hope springs eternal ticking clock in the background as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson tries to keep these kids from either coming back to prison, or worse, wind up dead on the streets. I'm British but I love Gridiron Football, so with that at its core, and the theme of multi racial kids and gang enemies coming together in union, hell I was sold pretty early on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
just awesome totally brilliant well worth the money and highly recommended to all.Published 10 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
not my personal favorite movie but good if you like that kind of thing!Published 18 months ago by Marian
Prompt delivery-haven't watched yet but hoping it's good!Published 23 months ago by francesca booth
Eventhough the story is not really unique, but the acting of all and the characters of the individuals are good indeed!!. It made a good impression on me.Published on 22 May 2015 by Filmbug