Tuesday, November 1, 2011

One Minute Movie Review: The Fifth Quarter

This is one of those movies you look forward to seeing but afterward leave with the nagging sense that they entirely missed the boat. There just could have been so much more accomplished. A film, I can honestly say, that fails in comparison to the trailer. Rather than a well constructed story, (based on a true story, so they already had it spelled out for them), with dynamic acting, heartbreaking drama, and hopeful anticipation, the audience ends up with a hodgepodge of ideas that are either coherent or satisfying. The film cannot make up its mind on whether it wants to be an attempt at moving tale of a family's journey from tragedy to triumph or a docudrama about Wake Forest's most successful and historic football season. In the end, it tries to do both unsuccessfully, lacking in any emotional engagement or fluid storytelling, instead creating a final product that is a movie riddled with highlight footage and not much else. The cast, which is rich in acting talent, is as engaging and effective as swimming in glue. They either lack the capacity or desire to make this story passionate and heartfelt. The editor had a field day in cutting this film together like a Raggedy Ann doll that just emerged from a wood chipper. The scenes are lackluster, lack any continuity, never focus on the workings of the inner family, and leave more questions than answers. It all feels like they had a plethora of football clips and decided to join the dramatic scenes as filler rather than focus. It was disappointing, to say the most, and here was never any connection with the characters or the plot. 1 out of 5 Kernels, this would have been a truly inspirational story if they fully utilized the inspirational true story.

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