Heart, Soul and Inspiration
Release Date: August 25, 2006
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear,
Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway,
Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo,
and Michael Nouri
Genre: Sports Drama
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 08 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Vista/Walt Disney Company
Director: Ericson Core
Executive Producer: Victor H. Constantino, Nicole
Reed and Ezra Swerdlow
Producer: Gordon Gray, Mark Ciardi and
Writer: Brad Gann
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Buena Vista Distribution)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
The Eagles hire college UCLA football coach Dick Vermeil, but no one gives him much of a chance to revive the team. Vermeil, in his first press conference, shocks everybody by calling an open call tryout for anybody who wants to play for the Eagles. A bunch of losers show up, and everybody considers Vermeil's idea a big joke, except Vince, who runs an incredible sprint and catches impossible passes.
Vermeil offers Vince a chance to be part of the team. His teammates hate him. They try to beat him to a pulp. Some of the local friends don't like him because he's abandoned his friends. Vince, without complaining or quitting, works hard to get a place on the team. After a couple bad games, he becomes one of their star players.
There's much to like in INVINCIBLE. The best part is that it's got very little foul language. Vince's father sticks with him and says, "We don’t let anybody in our family fail." His friends support him. Vince doesn't grouse or complain. He figures out what needs to be done and does it in spite of the pain and suffering. He is a very heroic character.
The dialogue in INVINCIBLE is excellent, and the actors deliver it as if they were born and reared in Philadelphia. The football action is some of the best that's ever been filmed.
The problems with the movie are few, and unfortunate. The script fails to have a plot point at the right time and so drags in the middle. This is unfortunate because most of the movie is very taut and compelling. Also, the script ends too quickly by not building to a climax and by letting the resolution occur in the credits. Finally, Vince and the new bartender, Janet, become passionately involved at one point. Given all of his other strong character traits, this involvement seems unnatural or at least inappropriate. It would have been better if their relationship had built over time instead of leading to one implied night of passion. Children, however, will not notice this flaw.
Overall, INVINCIBLE is a very good movie that could have been better. It's a movie that will inspire teenagers and young adults to do the right thing to succeed.
The plot could use a little work, but there's much to like in INVINCIBLE. It has a strong moral outlook, with very little foul language. Vince's father sticks by him, saying, "We don’t let anybody in our family fail." Vince doesn't complain. He figures out what needs to be done and does it in spite of pain and suffering. He is a very heroic character. The dialogue in INVINCIBLE is excellent. The football action is some of the best that's ever been filmed.