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Being a life-long Eagles fan, I felt it almost a duty to go and see Invincible and see if it lived up to the good reviews it received. I remember Vince Papale playing for the Eagles in the mid 70's and remember him being a virtual crash dummy when it came to special teams. The movie did him justice. Beside some of the liberties that directors take in the name of artistic license, (Papale was actually from Delaware County, not South Philly) which only locals would know about, it was one of the better sports movies I've seen and I've seen most. It also shows parts of the South Philly that most people outside of Philadelphia don't see. I know that's what some of South Philly really looks like. Small, cramped row houses in tightly knit neighborhoods. Mark Wahlberg, Elizabeth Banks and Greg Kinnear give outstanding performances. Without them, the movie would never (pardon the pun) fly like an Eagle.
A feel good movie that you can take your family to see!! The facts of
the climatic ending are stretched a bit, but, this is Hollywood and it
tells the story in a clean and tight way! Besides... who cares? We like
the main character and want him to succeed and win for his friends,
family and mostly himself by the end of the movie!
I liked this movie more than I thought I would... being an old Dallas Cowboys fan, it was cool to see the producers cast actors that had the same build as the old Cowboys players of the 70's! I recognized the names of the Eagles players too and remembered their size and thought it was cool that they so closely cast actors to resemble those players!
A great popcorn movie... go see it at the theater and if you want to add it to your DVD collection later, well, do that too because this movie is worth it!
Imagine for a moment, not only meeting the players on your favorite
pro-sports team, but playing on the same team - as a walk on from an
open tryout !!! This is the backdrop of 'Invincible'. Mark Wahlberg
plays Vince Papale - who is everyones favorite South Philly
bartender/sandlot football player.
My major disappointment with the story is that the Papale character is played as quiet, almost shy - and to me, not very likable. I've seen recent interviews with the real Vince Papale - who seems affable and outgoing - so perhaps I was influenced by that.
Papale's wife leaves him after he comes home from a game of tackle and she challenges him to find a job instead of getting bruised about the face playing football in an empty lot (seemed reasonable to me). I understand Papale is down on his luck and out of work but even when things started to break his way, he is sullen and apologetic to anyone who will listen. C'mon Papale, you've been the Toast of the Town for 2 months and even though you have zero personality, the gorgeous blonde is after you - smile a little ...
The football action looks real and the soundtrack really helps sets the 70's mood. The scene of Papale making the team felt good but if I liked him more - the payoff would have been stronger.
Overall - an average film. Wait until the DVD or On Demand is available is my advice.
Inspiring by-the-numbers, sports underdog movie that gets a surprisingly heartfelt, authentic treatment given the Disney pedigree and the general rehashed theme. This particular John Smith-soon-to-be- sports-star comes to us by way of Walberg's Vince Papale, the real life Philly Eagle who rose from obscurity to become one of those he was, only last season, seen idolizing. The general theme undoubtedly effects itself on the viewer, though the real life hopes of head coach Dick Vermille (the always reliable Greg Kinnear), in his unprecedented move to appoint Papale to the front lines due in part to the amount of heart his new star would infuse the tired old team, is doubtful at best. While the movie climaxes in a way that merely foreshadows the winning era these late 70's footballers were about to recapture, the validation Papale feels during his one victorious game seems sufficient enough to bring closure on this personal tale. Unfortunately, due to the intense but short starting period only being covered in this great career, the vision that Vermille saw in this player for building the foundation of his new winning team is hardly justified to the viewer, leaving with a conclusion that does feel warm and fuzzy, but not quite as powerful or realistic as film fans, especially sports fans would have wanted..This flies in the face of the otherwise realistic tone (albiet for Disney standards) that was taken to project the time and culture of this particular piece. Walberg continues to impress with the subtle refining of his craft, working throughout those long battle hardened years to peel away the macho posing which dominated his early life. His scaled back, nuanced approach lends itself nicely to the humble nature of his quiet character, beckoning audiences to cheer for his catches, and grunt for his tackles, in true Hollywood sports movie fashion.
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Football has been called the ultimate team game. The NFL is the
ultimate football stage. What team do you root for? More importantly,
however, what team do you play for? That's the question that must be
answered, and gets answered well in Invincible.
Vince Papale loses his job; his wife leaves him, and then, to add insult to injury, she takes all of his stuff. At 30, he's reduced to asking his dad just for rent money. Philadelphia is going through its own crisis at the same time: strikes, layoffs, general economic malaise, urban blight. Vince's problems evidently were a microcosm of Philly's. Or were Philly's problems the result of a single Vince Papale multiplied a million times?
But Vince has one last shot at success. Every man's dream to play in the NFL. It's Rocky all over again. Curious that Vince Papale's football success happened in the same fall, 1976, that Sylvester Stallone's fictional Rocky became the nation's hero. Good year for cheese steaks, I guess.
Both sexes come together to get their needs met for this football movie The girls to see a really buff Mark Wahlberg in the locker room, and the boys to imagine that they would get that one in a million chance to play NFL football.
We all carry emotional baggage from the past with us wherever we go. Director Ericson Core, in his directorial debut, helmet butts us with the baggage symbolism. Vince carries his equipment bag from home to the bar to the locker room to the training camp dorm room. He has it packed and ready to go, when he gets the final cut notices. Perfect. We never let go of our old baggage.
How do we let go of the past? Does it motivate us to bigger and better achievements, or does it keep us from realizing our ultimate dream? It did both for Vince, as I suppose it does for us as well. Our past injuries leave scars; scars reflect healing, but forever remind us of the pain.
How does Vince let go of the past? His life failures were summed up in the note left by his not so understanding wife. He used it as motivation to make the team, but it wasn't enough. Only when Vince realized which team was his, did he realize his dream.
The mid-70's song soundtrack is the ultimate 12th man on both movie teams, always in the background, never overwhelming. Only true rock'n'roll fans will recognize "I Fooled Around and Fell in Love" without its lyrics as idiot Vince walks away for the second time from his new flame/coworker Janet (Elizabeth Banks). Plaid pants, polyester leisure suits, and huge shirt collars on the shirts definitely reminded us how bad 70's fashions really were. A good movie story without nudity, bad language, or gratuitous violence. Unless, of course, you're one of those wimps who call football gratuitous violence.
I can't tell you how disappointed I was that a very young Dick Vermeil (played a little stiffly by Greg Kinnear) didn't weep like a baby when Vince scored. For those of you young fans that didn't know, Vermeil coached the Eagles long before he coached the Rams and Chiefs.
Best scene in the movie is when Vince answers which team is his own, and which team he plays for. You'll recognize it. Football doesn't get any better than that. Life doesn't get any better than that. If only all of us could see things so clearly. You'll cheer. Way to go, Vince. You figured it out ..Then .Don't read the next paragraph if you don't want to know how it ends ...
He got the girl; made the game saving tackle, recovered the fumble, scored the game willing touchdown, all in the last 5 minutes of the movie. If it weren't real, it would be too hokey to believe.
First, it was a Texan rooting for Notre Dame (Rudy) Then, a Lubbock Coronado boy rooting for Odessa Permian (Friday Night Lights) And now, a Cowboys fan rooting for the Eagles They did it to me again. Hollywood and football: what a magical combination. Go see it. Find your team.
This film is very excellent from the plot up. This movie is based on the true story of this normal guy, whom had a dream and chased after his dream to attain his goals. This is the same actor that was in 4 brothers he is a pretty talented actor. The Football aspect of this movie will really appeal to sports fans alike. The team-work aspects that are displayed in the football scenes are awesome. The Soundtrack sounds pretty leveled out and catchy. I think they use a Nickelback song in it. Side of a bullet if I am not mistaken. This will for sure storyline wise beat out Snakes on a plane, and is good to even show the family. The Film is owned by Disney so you can't go wrong with that. So I recommend this film to any sports fanatic, football fan or a family man.
I saw this movie at a sneak peak. I screen all PG-13 movies before my children are able to see them. This one is rated PG-13 for the football "violence." The football scenes were so intense, I cringed at how painful they looked. I loved the fact where they just show the hum-drum of everyday life without trying to make everything appear beautiful. They background of South Philly portrayed was wonderful. Mark Walburg did a marvelous job as Vince Papale. To Kevin Conway who portrayed Frank Papale, WOW!!!! You sure can make a girl cry. The remaining cast were perfect in all their roles. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone. This movie would be great for boys and girls who love football and those who don't. It is just a great story.
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this film proves it all the time he was on screen making faces like he
suffered from diarrhea.the story of a 1970s era gone real bad
this is a sports film starting mark whalberg & Elizabeth banks,the story of Vince papale if you don't know who he is Vince is the real life American footballer who played with Philadelphia eagles now i am not American myself & don't watch football but i do know sports a lot i did not know Vince papale before this movie introduced me to him.
Vince(mark) is a bartender & wins a Chance to be in the football team.if you search for this film after you seen it its different from what happened in real. the movie changed everything & claims to be the best film what a joke this is.every five minutes we see mark wahlberg crying out loud & to be honest i don't like these types of films.it was extremely boring & the action i was expecting never came they used some old footages of the game.& the only this i started to like was Elizabeth banks she was gone after a kissing scenes plus it makes a foreigner lost interest in football watching films like this.just Skipp this film for your good.
might as well go for the real football stadium & enjoy a match there this movie is a waste of time.
my rating is 1/10 invincible is for incapable only.
Invincible is the story of Vince Papale, a thirty year old bartender in the 70's, who won a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles, after attending an open tryout. Disney used this little known story in an attempt to re-capture the emotion and inspiration of their other sports films like The Rookie and Miracle, but sadly, they failed. Even for a sports movie, Invincible was very slow and drawn out. Mark Wahlberg does an adequate job of portraying Papale, but doesn't really bring much to the table. This was supposed to be an inspiring tale of overcoming the odds, instead it was the story of some guy who once made the Eagles, and didn't really do anything special. It wasn't impressive or inspiring in anyway. Invincible was simply about an old sports story that really wasn't anything special.
The movies backdrop was football. Yet this movie really wasn't a football movie nor really a sport movie so it shouldn't be summarized based upon that fact. The story really is centered about a down and out guy named Vince, who seems to not have anything really going for him after losing his job and marriage. The only glue in Vinces sanity to keep him going is friends and brother and also their love for the NFLs Eagles in Philly. With great luck he as well as the city gets a chance to try out for the beloved team. So the story goes on with character build up making you feel sympathy for the guy and in that sorrow you start rooting for him to do well with the team. Its a classic underdog story, even to the understanding that the underdog will triumph at the end. I must say though that after further research on the real story, certain liberties were taken with the film but that is to keep the movie flowing and to entertain the audience. Even though this movie does not garner any awards its a good film to enjoy again.
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