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Draft Day (2014) Review

Sonny Weaver general manager at Cleveland has a chance to rebuild his team at the NFL draft. He trades to get the number 1 pick, but will everything go to plan?

I was disappointed that this film didn’t make it to my local cinema last year, for two reasons I am a big fan of Kevin Costner and love Sports films. I work in sport so love seeing the different types of films and how things work. With being from and living in the UK, I guess this film wouldn’t have a huge audience over here compared to the US. We don’t have drafts for any of our sports or anything like that. But I think it’s good to see what it means and how they can improve teams and a little bit about the salary cap as well.

The most important day of the year for a general manager and Sonny’s day doesn’t get off to a great start when he doesn’t respond well to his “girlfriend” telling him that he is pregnant. It is the kind of reaction any woman would be terrified of, we soon found out that he keeps the relationship with Ali under wraps. I liked this part of the story line as it wasn’t too much of a romance but it was nice. Sometimes nice is good.

Plenty of other things are going on for Sonny as he is pretty haunted by his father’s death (and everyone keeps bringing it up) just to make the day a little bit more stressful. There is more to that part of the story but I don’t want to spoil it. A few twists and turns along the way to make you realise that things aren’t always as they first seem.

It is a frantic day with a lot of phone calls and talking to players agents, but making sure you make the right picks and don’t get up with a player who will totally fail. The scouting must be very intense to ensure nothing is left unknown about the players who are currently in college and maybe the stand out player won’t actually be fantastic in the NFL? I think it’s a very interesting way to do things and must be quite exciting but also scary to see if the players can really make it at the top-level.

So while my knowledge of American Football and the NFL Draft is very low, I could still enjoy and easily follow everything going on in this film. It does well to make sure you understand what is going on, it shows what goes into a team before the training sessions and coaching happens. A lot goes on behind the scenes in American Football and people can be bought with trades happening constantly.

I would actually be quite interested in watching the draft or at least knowing how close this film is to how it really happens? I am guessing its pretty spot on? If any of my American followers can help out answering, that would be fantastic.

Kevin Costner was very engaging and carries the film through very well. Jennifer Garner didn’t annoy me in this so that’s a good thing as her recent roles haven’t been fantastic but she doesn’t do a lot wrong in this one. So whether or not you understand American Football (I don’t) you can still enjoy this film!

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12 responses

  1. When it’s paying attention to the actual draft itself, it works. Everything else is mostly just filler. Good review Caz.

    January 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah it creates quite a lot of tension which is pretty impressive for the storyline really!

      January 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

  2. Glad to see someone who isn’t American say they could follow this movie easily. I think it did well in that area. My problem with he movie is that it telegraphed everything. I knew right from the start he was going to draft the one guy and somehow figure out a way to get the other guy. So I didn’t get the tension and it didn’t work for me.

    As far as accuracy goes, the concepts put forth and the early parts of the movie were spot on. Well, except for the player constantly calling the GM of a team directly to sell himself. Because of the way things are set up, I seriously doubt that ever happens. Finally, that second trade he pulled off is accurate in theory, but would be historically significant if it ever happened like that.

    January 5, 2015 at 12:42 am

    • Caz

      Yeah that makes sense! I had a feeling who he would end up drafting first as he just didn’t seem convinced with Bo in the end. He just had that big doubt about his teamwork etc.

      January 5, 2015 at 7:37 am

  3. Football over here has become the biggest sport. The draft once came and went with no fanfare whatsoever. Since the sport exploded, even draft day has become a major television event. I thought this movie did a good job of capturing that. And of course Kevin Costner is always good.

    Find review!

    January 5, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    • Caz

      Thanks!

      It is crazy that something like a draft is now on television event, I bet the pressure for it is now a lot more. I work as a Football (soccer) coach and it really is a totally different game!

      January 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      • I was introduced to soccer a few years ago and have really, really grown to appreciate it.

        January 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

        • Caz

          That’s very reassuring to know 🙂 I spent nearly 6 months in 2009, living in New Jersey coaching.

          January 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm

          • I actually came to love the sport during the World Cup. Not this most recent one but the one before it. My family and I were traveling in Mexico during that time and I saw firsthand how serious the people there took Mexico’s participation. To be honest I got caught up in their excitement and I watched several matches in the company of diehard fans.

            When I got back home to the states it just carried over and I’ve enjoyed it ever since.

            January 5, 2015 at 1:39 pm

          • Caz

            That’s brilliant, the power of sport really is something else! It took me to Africa twice working in 2014, and done Hong Kong the year before so can’t complain about that!

            Just a shame we don’t really have any fantastic football/soccer films.

            January 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  4. Great review Caz.

    I am not into American football but your review intrigue me. I know for sure it’ll not be in my country’s cinema, just like yours. I will have to find its DVD

    January 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah I love a good sports film, always so much going on with them 🙂

      January 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm

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