USA / English
"50,000 Apply. 1,200 Are Accepted. Only The Best Survive. "Set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality.
Bland and Forgettable
Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a poor family who wins
admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy, but finds it tougher than he
thought when he finds himself facing a superior officer (Tyrese Gibson)
in the Navy boxing competition.
The story is very similar to An Officer and a Gentlemen and there
really isn't much of a difference between those two films. Still,
Annapolis could have been an entertaining popcorn flick. Unfortunately,
its dull and very generic. Almost every scene plays like a scene from a
better movie. There is no creativity to be found here at all. It's an
empty movie and it has very little to offer. The premise may have
seemed like a good idea on paper but it sure didn't turn out that way.
It's no surprise that it was released in January.
The acting is not very good and it brings the film down quite a bit.
James Franco is an okay actor but I don't think he's good enough to be
a leading man. He just doesn't have what it takes and this film proves
it. Jordana Brewster gives an awful performance as Ali. She's very
pretty but she can't act at all. Tyrese Gibson can be a good actor when
he wants to be, like in Four Brothers. Here, he gives a bland,
unconvincing performance and he seemed to be reading from the cue cards
the entire time. The rest of the cast isn't very good but it's these
three that should have carried the film.
There are some good things to be found in Annapolis though. The boxing
scenes are actually pretty good. Of course, they occur at the end so
sitting through the first 80 minutes or so is probably not worth it.
There are also a few supporting characters that are interesting like
Twins. That's really all the good I can get from this film. The
chemistry between Jordana and James just wasn't there. The story wasn't
bad just nothing really new. It's a film that's kind of just there. Its
not really worth watching but if its on T.V and there's nothing else on
then it may not hurt as much as spending $9 in the theater. In the end,
Annapolis is a bland, forgettable film that will be just fine on DVD.
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