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The Underdogs Rise,
This review is from: Undefeated (DVD)
I fell in love with football while I was in High School and have been a fan ever since. I actually learned about the game just to impress a boy but my love of the sport stayed long after he was gone! I always love a good sports movie and a true one is even better so I was really looking forward to watching Undefeated.
I actually had no idea what to expect because I never read the back of movies before watching because I don't like to have any pre-conceived notions. I didn't know anything other than this was a football movie based on the cover. I didn't know it was a documentary so I was a little disappointed when it started and I realized it. I don't usually like documentaries but I have never been so happy to admit I was wrong.
This documentary was so touching and inspirational. I think for a documentary to be successful it has to be put together perfectly and there has to be a balance between interviews, shots of the football games and the players home lives. This documentary was expertly put together and inspiring music completed the recipe for success. I can see why this won an Oscar!
Coach Bill Courtney took a football team at a school with no money and no hope for a future and made them into winners.
Undefeated isn't just referring to winning football games. It's about not letting life defeat you and working hard to accomplish your dreams no matter what your circumstance. These boys had no hope for a future after school and lived in absolute poverty; most with only one parent at home and some with none. These are the types of kids that people write off and add to a statistic which then becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Courtney was not going to fall into that category without a fight.
By the end of this DVD I was in tears. I was sad for the life they had so far but happy for the futures they had to look forward to, in large part because one man took the time to believe in them and invest in their lives. You will be touched, inspired and remember your own dreams after watching Undefeated.