Monday, January 12, 2009

7.45pm - The Final Season

The Final Season (2007)
Starring: Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Rachael Leigh Cook
Genre: Sports drama

- Seeing as I'm going to spend the next 12+ hours in a confined space, with no air movement, I'm not sure nachos was the best option for dinner.
- Based on a true story, like a bunch of good sports dramas (We Are Marshall, Miracle, Friday Night Lights... and of course Rudy, which starred this movie's star/producer Sean Astin).
- Using some actual news footage - nice.
- Just passed the 12-hour mark. Halfway through the marathon and going strong! 

Overall comments: I'm probably a bit biased, because baseball is my favourite sport, bar none. So of course I'm going to enjoy a movie about the great game. I'm also a bit of a sucker for a sappy sports movie, especially one based on true events. Is The Final Season one of the best sports movies going around? Well, no. It doesn't rank up there with Friday Night Lights, Hoosiers or Rudy. But that's not to say it's bad. If you're in the mood for some family-friendly drama with a feel-good slant to it, this'll do the trick. The plot follows a high school baseball team in small town Iowa (100 students) with a tradition of winning state championships, but which is about to be amalgamated with a bigger town school. They're given one last season, with an inexperienced coach (Astin) determined to send them out in style.

Up next: Hostel 2 (Wow, I don't think you could get a much bigger change of pace than that)

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