The triumphant film about believing in your dreams that Larry King calls "a gem of a movie! Uplifting and brilliantly done" is now fully realized on Blu-ray Disc. Like the inspiring heroes of MIRACLE and REMEMBER THE TITANS, gifted young immigrant Santiago Munez has an improbable goal: to play soccer for a world-class team. When he gets an unexpected tryout with Newcastle United, Santiago must prove he has the passion, talent and determination to confront the best of the best. Share his action-packed struggle in amazing 1080p, and revel in the cheers of the crowd in 5.1 48 kHz, 16-bit uncompressed audio.Everyone's a winner thanks to the remarkable power of Blu-ray High Definition.
You'd have to be a heartless curmudgeon to dislike a movie as enjoyably sincere as Goal! The Dream Begins
. Yes, the corny title tells you all you need to know about this rags-to-riches soccer tale, but like Hoosiers
, this conventional sports drama rises above its familiar plot with an engaging cast and some pleasant surprises along the way. The first in a proposed trilogy that will follow young Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker) as he rises to prominence in the competitive world of British soccer, this one begins by showing how Santiago, an undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles, attracts the attention of a talent scout (Stephen Dillane), who arranges a tryout for England's prestigious team, Newcastle United. It's rough going for a beleaguered trainee who suffers from asthma, but soon Santiago is befriended by a hard-partying soccer star (Alessandro Nivola) and he's on his way to reaching his
It's all very inevitable, but director Danny Cannon makes the most of this inspiring story by exploiting the unexpected subtleties in an otherwise predictable screenplay: Santigo's relationship with his seemingly unsupportive father (Tony Plana) gains additional resonance as the story unfolds; a local nurse (Anna Friel) turns out to be more than a routine love interest; and Newcastle's German manager (Marcel Iures) is a wry, colorful character who works miracles with his unruly squad of players. Add some obligatory cameo appearances by real-life soccer stars including (of course) the great David Beckham, and you've got a modest, likable hit that delivers exactly what it promises, and a little bit more. --Jeff Shannon