We Are Marshall (2006)
"From the ashes we rose "When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach (McConaughey) and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
We Are Marshall
I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of 'We Are Marshall'
for audience research purposes therefore being part of the first
audience in Britain to see the film.
We were given a brief plot description when offered the tickets which
didn't interest me to be honest (I was more interested in seeing a free
film!) So when I went to see it I didn't know what to expect, just that
apparently it is supposed to be very good and quite emotional.
I was pleased to see that it managed to live up to that, as coming out
of the cinema I felt it managed to stand by what I heard in being a
very good film, in fact I would go so far as to say brilliant. Staying
behind for a quick discussion about the film for research purposes, two
people (including myself) rated the film as 'excellent', four rated it
'very good' and two (somewhat miserable and stubborn) people rated it
In my opinion, the film manages to portray the death of the football
team in a tasteful and respectful way, showing the emotions of the
characters in the way the town cared for the team. However, shortly
after the plane crash I felt that the film stumbled into a very slow
and boring corner. Luckily about twenty minutes later, the film manages
to pick up very well. I found the remaining hour of the film very
enjoyable and emotional, with a few humorous lines from Matthew
I was also very pleased to see how well Matthew Fox managed starring in
a feature film. Being only fifteen, my only knowledge of Fox is Jack
form 'Lost'. I feel that he managed to play the character of Red very
well - very quickly in the film, the role of Jack was soon forgotten.
The ending to the film is done very well and manages to keep you in
suspense, despite a quite predictable result. I was also quite
surprised how little knowledge of the game football is needed. Being
English, I can't say I have ever seen a game of 'American' Football,
let alone understand the rules - I found myself thoroughly enjoying the
action packed games despite knowing nothing of the sport.
All in all, in my opinion this is a very, very good film which I
strongly recommend. As said, I found a part of the film rather dull but
felt 'We Are Marshall' delivered a second half so good, I soon forgot
Go see this film!