"Draft Day" Movie Review: 2 1/2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
"Draft Day" feels like a play, and I don't mean a football play.
It feels like a play-play at its sporadic best, in the same way
Set mostly in a series of offices across 13 hours in a pressure-cooked day, the film lives and dies on the low-key,
take-it-easy spectacle of
Sonny's living in the shadow of his late, great father, a coaching icon in
The Browns are going into the draft with the seventh pick. The team's coach, portrayed by
Who gets picked, for what, and when, and why -- this is Sonny's business, and we're allowed into only so much of his planning, sequence to sequence, in "Draft Day."
Those are the complications.
The simpler angle here, as directed by
It's a moderately engaging wish-fulfillment fantasy, a long way from the surprising ins and outs and stealthy dramatic impact of "Moneyball" (the front-office sports movie to beat) but not bad for what it is. Costner's range as an actor remains an open question, more open than his range, certainly. But he carries the movie easily and well. Be warned, though: By the 30-minute mark, director Reitman's ridiculous overuse of split screen, distinguished by the gimmicky addition of actors appearing to bust across the split-screen line at will, is enough to make you revolt -- or check out a soccer movie instead.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and sexual references). Running time: 1:49.
"Draft Day" Movie Trailer
"Draft Day" is full of drama, all surrounding the NFL draft. Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner star in the film. It is about the general manager in Cleveland who has to make a hard call the day of the draft. What will he decide? It will change the face of a football team forever.