ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – N – Next Goal Wins (2014) Movie Review


Director: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison

Plot: The power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.

Tagline – S

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Next Goal Wins starts as we meet the American Samoa football team, filled with pride, but getting embarrassed on the football pitch. The team is looking to rebuild their pride in the South Pacific games, which they hold their own, despite losing every game.

Returning home, they find the island devastated by a tsunami, destroying the training pitch, bringing the community together to rebuild what they lost. We see how they get a new coach who will look to prepare the team for the World Cup qualifiers.

Thoughts on Next Goal Wins

Thoughts Next Goal Win shows us how a football team would need to improve so they don’t get embarrassed again, after a shocking 31 – 0 defeat. The reality it they are all amateur players, they all work full-time, they have all the heart you would need from their culture, with the arms open approach to having a transgender player involved too. We see how the team gets transformed going into the World Cup qualifiers, which will see them make international news with their first win in 17 years, just years after they got demolished. This will show that no matter what level you are playing at, you can try to make history, as long as you give it everything, you will get that moment or memories that will stick with you forever, add in the mix of culture that isn’t anything we have seen before in football, and what it means.

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