THE PLOT THUS FAR
Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke’s number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
In the wake of a car crash that killed his 15-year-old brother, Luke, football player Jon Abbate (Ryan Merriman) returns to Wake Forest University with renewed purpose and leads his struggling team to its most successful season ever. Along the way, Jon and Luke’s compelling story grabs headlines and leads to a new Wake Forest tradition in the stands.
I was willing to watch it even though it was about sports. I do not hate spiritual movies either. I had been under the impression it was about something different. I had to endure the movie as my husband watched the remaining hour and a half. Did not enjoy it. I did empathize with the dad though, but I love Aidan Quinn so I may have been biased there. Oh one other thing I just did not get was the older son, where the heck was he? Seemed he had to fly in to get to his brother and fly back but then suddenly the family was at his every game after that and he could visit his sister when she called him? Ya, you could say if I had paid attention to the movie I would have gotten it. I did try to get back into it about then, but I fear it was too late and too odd.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette about the making of the film. It’s fairly short and only barely covers the film’s origins. Most of my research into the film’s true-life origins came from internet glimpses. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp and sports a damn near flawless transfer for a 25 gig disc. However, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is a lot flatter than one would suspect for a football film. Oh well, it’s a rental.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!