When the Game Stands Tall Movie Review

Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Ser’Darius Blain, Laura Dern
MPAA Rating Rated PG
Genre Sports

For both football fans and casual viewers alike, When The Game Stands Tall is sure to get adrenaline pumping through your veins. It’s not a typical underdog story either—rather, the movie starts off with the highly acclaimed high school football team De La Salle Spartans losing their streak of 151 games won in a row. Based on a true story, the film brings to life the battle for the team to make a comeback under the coaching of Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), whose personal philosophical values influenced his team to focus on making a perfect effort.

I could see that the filmmakers wanted to adapt this true story as faithfully as they could, capturing the spirit of the community that centered on the football team. Coach Ladouceur’s powerful encouragement to his team is truly inspirational, pushing players to their full potential. Even though the plot meandered at certain points, the movie never loses its heartbeat. Jim Caviezel’s quiet intensity as Coach Ladouceur is spot-on, and Alexander Ludwig brings out the personal struggles in his character, running back Chris Ryan.

The football sequences are intense and explosive. Each brutal collision makes the audience flinch because there’s no faking football—the actors gave it their all. Glimpses of the score are scattered throughout the game, transporting the audience to the stands and igniting something that wants to cheer for the Spartans. It’s refreshing to watch a movie that is passionate, clean, and emotionally uplifting. Like the team heads out to the field energized and ready to face their fears, the audience will walk out of the theater revitalized and inspired.

First Published @ Kidspickflicks.com


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on August 14, 2014, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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