When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise.
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Oliver Stone is on fire here, turning out a movie that is as brutal and bone-crunching as the goriest of gladiator films. Yes, it's a movie that depicts pro-football in an overblown and cartoonish manner, but that only adds to the fun of the experience. The editing in the director's cut is sliced and honed to the perfection of a diamond, it's an underrated movie I greatly admire.
This is another powerful and gut wrenching film from the visionary Oliver Stone. If his films seem over the top and dramatic then perhaps one only look at the subject he is covering. Stone has an ability of pointing out how fucked up America is and at the same time praising America for its boldness and daring. The audience has to decide how they feel about what is happening. The cast is superb here.
Some superb sequences (Pacino's final coaching speech is sports psychology gold), loads of entertaining grand-standing and a real knack for developing the spectacle of the game and its intimidating backstage shenanigans. However, it remains an uneven and disjointed film as a whole. 2.5
Here, Stone criticizes the world of sports and its corruption and yet ends it with all the cliches in the world to big showdown game, for the 'glory' of the game. It's hypocritical and ends up endorsing what he criticizes. He also commits his usual crime of heavy handedness. The first half is great though. One star for Jamie Foxx. One star for Salvatore Totino. One star for the first half.
Oliver Stones Sport Drama auf Steroiden. Auge rausreißen für die MTV Generation. 3000 Cuts in 156 min.
Wiedergesehen nach 19 Jahren und nicht mehr ganz so schlecht gefunden wie ursprünglich. Interessant als Bild seiner Entstehungszeit.
Stone had long since allowed his over-indulgence in style to drown out and muddle his (simplistic) themes. This film hits so many false and empty notes that it's hard to tell exactly what he's getting at. However, the film does stay interesting when Pacino and Foxx are onscreen (especially opposite each other). Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is nowhere near as compelling.