The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.Written by
The majority of this movie was taped in Memphis, Tennessee but there was a part in this film, specifically at the 11:16 mark of the film where you can clearly see that that part of the film was taped in Los Angeles. As Greg Kinnear and Aldis Hodge were coming out of a building you can see in the distance a green Culver City bus making a right turn onto another city street. Culver City buses operate only the west and southwestern areas of Los Angeles which includes Westwood, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, Santa Monica, Palms, and etc. See more »
Brian Banks did, in fact, play for the Atlanta Falcons in 2013. However, he did not make the final 53-man roster and was released before the regular season began. See more »
Two men look out from prison bars, one saw mud, the other the stars. Perspective, gentlemen. Perspective is the key to how one fares in life.
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The writing was a little bland with its flat, formulaic-style story-telling, and the pacing too slow, that the normally decent 99 min runtime felt much longer. Directing was ok, but I expected more from Tom Shadyac. I guess a long hiatus does flaw some of the skills. The soundtrack wasn't anything special, and the score felt out of place and cheap in some scenes.
Kinnear, Liburd and Roquemore's performances were the only stand-outs imo, the rest of the cast was adequate, but I wasn't too impressed with Hodge's performance, unless of course his bland demeanor was portraying the real Brian Banks. During the ending credits, I will say how uncanny the resemblance was between most of the actors and the people they were portraying.
Nevertheless, it was a great biopic on a serious issue with some tear-jerking moments in the end. It certainly isn't a 9 or 10/10, so ignore those fake reviews the producers felt they needed. It is a solid 7-8/10 film, but gets only my 7 for annoying me with the obviously phony reviews. Would I see it again? Nope. Would I recommend it? Of course.
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