Brimming with confidence, “Captain America”, Connor Sullivan starts at a new college, Brierfield High. Hot-tempered and almost bipolar with his emotions, he finds trouble controlling his violent side after his Marine father is called back to Iraq.
At Brierfield, Connor is shocked by the disciplinary approach to his sport, Lacrosse. Whilst Connor battles with the urge to fight back when knocked down, he must “RESPECT THE GAME”. One day, Connor’s reactions go too far and he is dismissed from the team- before they enter for the National game- by his girlfriend’s father
Feeling betrayed and angry, Connor is disgusted at the work camp’s routine and neglected state he is left in. Determined to be become a better person, he takes advice from a gaoler and tackles his problems to get back to what he loves most.
When we watched this film, we felt that Connor was portrayed too cocky and aloof for us to feel a mutual alliance with him, which we deem important. Brooklyn, his girlfriend and daughter of his Lacrosse coach, seemed too ‘hot and cold’.
We found it amusing to watch her say ‘I love you’ in one scene and then come down a flight of stairs in the next dramatically saying, ‘What is WRONG with you?!?” Certainly, that was our favourite bit.
This film had some redeeming qualities- the plot itself was quite strong. The frequent use of corny speeches also affected our enjoyment. The actors and actresses, we felt were not used to their full potential which we see in Twilight.
In conclusion, we enjoyed this film as a space during our Friday night to relax, however it was not worth the ‘must-have’ caption on the case.
Reviewed by Morna Holmes and Eithne McGowan
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