Saturday, December 22, 2007

GRIDIRON GANG - perfectly respectable sports flick

GRIDIRON GANG is a perfectly respectable, uplifting and engaging biopic about a chap called Sean Porter. Porter tooks listless, warring kids in a juvenile detention centre and turned them into a disciplined, united sports team. There are no bangs and whistles here. This is as straightforward as a redemption-through-sports flick can get. Thera are no artificial obstacles or attempts to get down with the kids. But the whole exercise is well shot and well acted, not least by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who proves that there's more to him than the muscle-head image.

GRIDIRON GANG was released in the US in autumn 2006 and in the UK in spring 2007. It is available on DVD.

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