NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

The Express Movie Review

By     get stories by email

If the best thing that might be said about a football movie, oddly enough, is that it can be a really entertaining experience for anyone who could care less about sports, then The Express is a solid touchdown. Skeptical couch potatoes take heart, a knowledge of the game is rarely a requirement either.

Though admittedly spending too much time on simulated action out on the field, this Gary Fleder directed biopic delving into the short, tragic life of college football great Ernie Davis - the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy during racially turbulent times in the mid-20th century - is grounded as much in personality and historical surroundings, as the intense heat of the game. Adapted from the Robert Gallagher book, Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express by screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), The Express stars Rob Brown (Finding Forrester) as the strong-willed young Syracuse University running back who was as determined in his faceoffs against competing football teams, as in opposing off-the-field racial antagonism.

The Express Movie

Dennis Quaid provides a complex, conflicted dramatic counterpart to Davis' bruised but unbroken graceful innocence, as his caustically inclined college coach, Ben Schwartzwalder, who's not too old to learn a few things from a younger generation challenging social traditions. And Charles S. Dutton lends warmth and dignity to the story as the patriarchal bedrock of the family clan, radiating salt of the earth Pennsylvania coal mining country grit and compassion. A tender and inspiring coming of age tale from the heart.

Universal Pictures
Rated PG
3 stars

Prairie Miller is a multimedia journalist online, in print and on radio. Contact her through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

When Hollywood releases a violent action film, 'loosely-based' on truth, it's certain that Hollywood is about to play fast and loose with the historical record.
Prairie Miller has a conversation with Will Smith, David Morse and Concussion director, Peter Landesman, plus news of the Zomba Prison project and Star Wars.
The Women Film Critics Circle is a gathering of national and international women's voices presenting a fresh and differently experienced viewpoint from the primarily white male dominated film criticism world.
Surreal sequences instead of theme, and pretentious vinaigrettes replace what should be a slice-of-life experience. It is art house, without the art, tedious to watch.
This true story about a transgender man suffers badly from overkill. At two hours, it's too long; the music is too dramatic; the actors try too hard and there's much too much crying.
Prairie Miller talks to Elizabeth Hurley about The Royals, and to Nina Paley, artist, filmmaker, animator, cartoonist and free culture copyright activist.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2016 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site