Synopsis: A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.
What’s it like? ‘Friday Night Lights’ with the dramatic weight of ‘Heat’.
Film: 8/10. Director Oliver Stone takes aim at gridiron with interesting results. The film is more about generational differences and the conflict that comes from them than about the game. Everyone from players, the coach, the medical staff and the team owners are playing out this conflict. It makes for fascinating love-it-or-hate-it viewing as you’ll either like the unique approach or be left wondering where all the gridiron went. 157 mins.
Picture quality: 7/10. The film looks quite good in high definition. Details are solid and colour pops quite nicely. There are quite a few scenes stylised by lighting and colour schemes – some result in the creation of a “character” for that scene, whilst others (particularly scenes awash in yellow and brown) create a duller look. Much like the audio discussed below, it’s quite good most of the time but never great.
Audio quality: 7/10. A somewhat varied experience. There are moments where there’s great clarity and precision in the mix and others where the mix becomes muddled. Occasionally dialogue can suffer also, however this occurs in both frenetic game sequences and in quieter dramatic moments so it’s not a result solely of the mix being too busy. Surround activity and LFE content is decent. An above average track, but one with a few issues.
Disc reviewed: Country: U.S., Studio: Warner Bros, Region: Region free
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie Foxx
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