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The opening begins with Halle as Sandra Beecher fleeing from a broken
marriage and setting up new in a working class section of
The English teacher takes a job as a Science teacher and at this point I'm thinking "Dangerous Minds: Hawaiian Style." The classroom is similar a working class neighbourhood, run down school and disruptive kids. But Ms Beecher, who takes the lead in the first quarter of the movie tries to inspire the kids and butts heads with James Belushi's Frank Machi. The experienced engineering teacher.
The rest of the movie really belongs to the kids. After a clash between a rich school at a science fair Ms Beecher makes the kids go to they are inspired to build a solar power car to race in and earn their school a better rep. Leading this pack is outcasted, because he's white, ambitious Daniel Webster superbly played by Casey Affleck and the heartwarming, Gilbert a standout character played by J. Moki Cho (who unfortunatley does not have much of a filmography at this point). Roped in is the troubled sister of Daniel, Cindy with a solid peformance by Eliza Dushku and a whole host of other characters each one memorable and stand out. Together they build their hopes, learn from each other and not too sound cheesy but they really do race the sun.
This would have been a great family film had it not been for the language. But if that doesn't put you off then I would suggest watching it with them. It really is a a good solid movie. I watched it over a week ago at 3am because i couldn't sleep but it still has stuck with me.
Cross TO SIR WITH LOVE and that Disney flick about the Jamaican bobsled
team, and you have this innocuous tale of a bunch of spunky, working-class
high school students who build a solar car and race it in an Australian
Halle Berry as their new teacher is a cipher here, but the kids are cute in
a SISTER ACT 2 sort of way.
James Belushi is a crusty shop teacher who ends up pitching in.
I missed the ending, but it was easy enough to figure out where this sweet-natured film was going. Apparently loosely based on a true story. Berry does not expose anything worth seeing in this. She is in fact downright wholesome. More's the pity.
It's the old "loser-kids-whipped-into-shape-to-play-big-game" plot, though here it's even more tired and unimaginative than usual. The characters here are pretty much stock characters - they have no personality, and their actions and feelings change as the events in the screenplay dictate. Of course, the villain is clad in black, and is blonde and snarling. I can't think of a single reason to make watching this movie worthwhile.
It's been done before, the plot about a bunch of kids who play hockey, skate inlines, or, as in this case, are just a group of underachievers in general, who has to overcome various difficulties and prove to themselves and others that "they can do it". The "villain" is, as often in this kind of movies, powerhungry, greedy and wears all black. It's an entertaining film to watch if you've got nothing else to do. A bit predictable, but still enjoyable. The cast is good, with James Belushi, Halle Berry and, luckily for me at least, Eliza Dushku. The others are great in their roles as well. The story is apparently based, at least loosely so, on a true story, which made it a little more interesting for me anyway (even though I was not aware of this until after the credits said so). All in all an enjoyable film, probably most for the younger audience from 7 to 15, but really anyone could like it. 3.5/5
There is nothing terribly original here, although the specifics are rather
original. This is just your typical under-dogs-prevail type of movie, but
it's got some interesting twists and turns here and there.
I'll admit, the main reason I wanted to see this film was for Halle Berry and Eliza Dushku. Both Halle and Eliza did a fine job with their roles, a good performance. James Belushi did a great job with his role, as usual. Casey Affleck did a pretty good job, no complaints there. Steve Zahn is usually a good actor and very funny, but his comedy is stripped to a minimum in this film and he presents a so-called German accent (quite annoying). In any case, it was cool to see him in the film anyway. The rest of the cast was ok, nothing spectacular, some good some bad.
The bulk of the characters were done pretty well and were fairly interesting. Although, I have to say that I didn't like the characters of Marco (Dion Basco), Eduardo (Anthony Ruivivar), or Luana (Adriane Napualani Uganiza). They all just seemed very typical and contrived, also they were all unlikeable people, even at the end.
If you're looking for a good family film, you could do worse. If you're a fan of any of the actors, then you may want to give this film a look. ...Or if you're just interested in seeing some of nice scenery in Austrailia, give this film a look. Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the film, thanks for reading.
Predictable at every turn. Horrible at every turn. You get hit with a
one-two punch of predictable and horrible. Halle Berry isn't even good in
this movie. This should have been a spoof of the REAL movie they should
made about this subject. Not like it's a real subject anyway.
* out of *****
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