just saw this at a standing-room-only showing at the Heartland Film Festival (in
Indy) ... and this is a wonderful film! It deserves a big release, because THIS
one has something that will grab the emotions of audiences across America!
so much more than anything easily labeled as one "genre" or another
-- more than a "coming of age" film with rich and believable highschool
characters (where the kids are real people with real problems, not just another
group of MTV-inspired cardboard cliches) -- this excellent movie packs in a great
mix of suspense, crime thrills, basketball "sports" excitement AND family
heartache and romance!
The writing is
crisp and lean, a fine blend of angst and suspense and humour; the acting is rich
and totally enwraps you with these characters' trials & tribulations, their
joys and fears and triumphs and losses as human beings. The three leads are wonderful,
Ms. Danielle Panabaker is beautiful and grabs the eye, Ryan Merriman is excellent
as the highschool sports star trapped between being a hero and a loser, and Haley
Joel Osment gives a deep performance as the kid growing beyond the shadow of his
hero to become the bigger hero -- a boy awaking to be a bigger man true to himself.
Don't miss seeing this movie -- you'll
sure to read the original review