Writer: John Posey
Starring: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Devon Grave, Courtney J. Clark, Danny Glover
Story Cal (Devon Grave) a hardworking school kid who just gets tired of being picked on by the kids at school. Cal decides to join the wrestling team to prove himself. Cal’s father and brother Mike (John Cena) where both champions so Cal believes it is in his blood.
Cal’s mother Sharon (Patricia Clarkson) is against Cal wrestling because it destroyed his father and Mike lives. After struggling to get make an impact a seemingly random fisherman Red (Danny Glover) and best friend Lori (Courtney J. Clark) push him into not quiting. Cal tracks down his distant brother Mike and talks him into training him to be a better wrestler. Can Cal’s’ wrestling bring his family back together after ten years apart?
Verdict This is an inspirational drama about over coming odds. It also tells how one tragedy can change a family for years. It isn’t so much about the wrestling its more about the learning of a sport can build someone to be stronger for life. i was surprised with John Cena performance because he delivers one strong performance as a down ex champion who is living with something he simple couldn’t handle. A strong supporting cast of Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover both give strong performance while unknown Devon Grave puts a great performance in along side these big names. If you like sports dramas this is one to watch
Best quote Red ‘ Not all legends are about victory. Some are about struggle, finding out who you are and your reason for being’
Favourite character Lori the quirky girl next door and love interest of Cal
Stand out performance Devon Grave gives a great solid performance
Best moment Red’s innocent looking short scenes with great speeches
Worst Moment could have had more back story on how Cal got through the tragedy.
My Rating 80%