DVD Review: Draft Day
I somehow had Draft Day down as one of those feel good, underdog sports films based on true events. Well, it seems that I got that wrong on both accounts. But that’s not a bad, bad thing, as this Kevin Costner vehicle isn’t too bad a yarn.
How true it actually is compared to the real life wheelings and dealings of Draft Day in the States, only a dedicated American Football fan could say, not me. Draft Day is a light drama about renegade football Manager Sonny Weaver who decides to put everything on the line for his team, the Cleveland Browns. And when I say everything, I mean everything.
It’s hard to say much more about the actual story, other than it is actually based on pretty much the day leading up to and the day of Draft Day. It’s a sporting version of House of Cards, without the Spacey factor.
Costner does a good enough job in the lead role of Sonny, and once I got over the it’s not based on true events’ misunderstanding, it played out as a fairly decent drama, even for a boy who cares not about this American version of rugby. Some plot direction is easy to spot, whilst other twists you don’t see coming, and other than some confusion as to why one team did something in the early stages of the film, it all plays out to a pleasing end.