Any Given Sunday
Action / Drama / Sport
Any Given Sunday
Action / Drama / Sport
When a devastating hit knocks a professional football legend and quarterback Cap Rooney out of the game, a young, unknown third-stringer is called in to replace him. Having ridden the bench for years because of a string of bad luck stories and perhaps insufficient character, Willie Beaman seizes what may be his last chance, and lights up the field with a raw display of athletic prowess. His stunning performance over several games is so outstanding and fresh it seems to augur a new era in the history of this Miami franchise, and forces aging coach Tony D'Amato to reevaluate his time-tested values and strategies and begin to confront the fact that the game, as well as post-modern life may be passing him by. Adding to the pressure on D'Amato to win at any cost is the aggressive young President/Co-owner of the team, Christina Pagniacci, now coming into her own after her father's death. Christina's driving desire to prove herself in a male dominated world is intensified by her focus on the...
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December 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Entertaining From Start To Finish
I was expecting this movie to be good, but it turned out to be great! Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx turn in wonderful performances in this action packed drama sports film. All of the actors and actresses are nearly perfect if not perfect for the roles they play. In addition to Pacino and Foxx, Cameron Diaz, James Woods, LL Cool J, Dennis Quaid and even two of the all time great football players Lawrence Taylor and Jim Brown have roles in this film,and they all do very well. I put off watching this movie for a long time, but I'm glad I finally watched it. To anyone who hasn't watched this film yet who might read this, even people who don't like watching sports, go ahead and give it a chance anyway. If nothing more you will at least appreciate the great acting contained in the film.
Nothing But A "Vehicle" Film
Sometimes, movies are made where the sole purpose is to provide a vehicle for its stars or producers to bigger and better things. These "vehicle flicks" can, from time to time, be well- made, but most of the time they are shallow and focus on all the wrong things. That is a very apt description of "Any Given Sunday".
For a basic plot summary, "Sunday" focuses on the Sharks, a pro football team coach by "Al Pacino". When star quarterback "Dennis Quaid" goes down with an injury, third-stringer "Jamie Foxx" must step in and lead the team to the playoffs, all the while trying to be competitive so that owner "Cameron Diaz" can leverage the city for more money on a stadium deal.
Unless you are hopped up on Red Bull or steroids, this movie is pretty much an incoherent mess. It has no discernible plot, completely cardboard-cutout characters, and every single scene is punctuated by loud, driving, rock/rap music that essentially makes this experience feel like a 2.5 hour music video.
Instead, this is strictly a vehicle for these purposes: -Getting Diaz in a few more sexy evening gowns -Showcasing Foxx as "leading man" material -Letting director Oliver Stone screw around for 150 minutes and throw theme after theme in our face while developing none of them -LL Cool J showing he can "act" as well as rap.
The ONLY bright spot of this experience is the epic speech given by Pacino's character before the film's climax. Surrounded by utter dreck on both sides, that speech will (if only for a few minutes) get you fired up about something.
Other than that, though, "Any Given Sunday" is a total mess. The inclusion of James Woods (perhaps the single worst/most annoying actor of his time) almost seems fitting for such a stinker. If you are a pigskin fan who wanted to enjoy this one, I suggest you do so in the middle of a roid rage or other crazy emotional moment. At any normal time, this is 2.5 hours of time utterly wasted.
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An Honest Review
This movie is hot.
Behind the scenes Football extravaganza! There isn't much more to say that that...but it has to be at least 10 lines long so.
In Typical Oliver Stone fashion, the movie has cast ALL of Hollywood and James Woods. So, in typical Oliver Stone fashion, even the bit parts have A-list actors bringing their A games to the field. So you can't fault the movie for pro talent.
Most ALL of Stone's movies have that heavy handed acting.
It almost feels like you haven't got acting credentials unless you've played a role in an Oliver Stone film. If you make it onto that honored list of cameos than you're a real actor.
So you have that going for you.
And if you are a football fan...and there are painfully few enjoyable football movies..."Any Given Sunday" has all the references you'd ever want, both to the real life and most of the boring football films that came before it.
Baseball has all the really good movies doesn't it? Speaking of which I need to review the greatest sports movie ever made. That's right, "Bull Durham." You know Stone loves controversy when he casts a sports movie and leaves out Kevin Costner.
Ramble, ramble, ramble and what you have here is a review of a movie that could be best titled: "Clash of the Egos" Some guys are team players and some guys aren't and you'll find out who is who on Any Given Sunday.
Really, there are characters here that predicted the modern age of football where people on a losing team will dance over the slightest play.
And that should be ten lines. Watch it, it's awesome