Set in the small town of Torquay Victoria where Aussie Rules rules.
Jack Thomson showed up the cast with his performance as the coach, Changer. His final motivational pep talk really drummed up emotion and was a credit to the veteran actor. Big shoes for the assistant coach, Nick (Bob Morely) to fill.
The movie flits in and out of a ten year memory time span from when the hero, Tom Dunn (Oliver Ackland), was at a peak and set as a prime candidate to play in the AFL which was the dream of all the players.
As the story plays out, the transition from now into memory is how it all comes together but I needed to stop myself from thinking how it lacked credibility. The characters didn't age at all but you could definitely tell what was going on. Just think the drama "Cold Case", same format.
Be prepared to sit through scene after scene of amateur footy in slowmo with over exaggerated commentating that sounds like you're watching a big match, but you're not. It's just the suburban league comp and I don't think they employed enough extras to make it seem like there was a crowd. Most of the background scenery had a few scattered cars around and a group of local kids.
And, I wouldn't rush out and buy the soundtrack either, over dramatic instrumentals emulating a big Hollywood drama. It didn't work for me but there were a few scenes when the music did fit.
Drama, I guess so. That's what it was all about but seriously, coming from Sydney's west, where teenage pregnancy peaks at sixteen, it hardly seems the drama it's made out to be when the beautiful young fifteen year old water girl becomes infatuated with the slightly older and talented footballer Morts (the only real eye candy in the show Josh Helman). And drugs and alcohol...oh dear, how naughty.
All in all, if you have nothing better to do and love ya footy, Aussie Rules that is, then go see it. Otherwise wait till it comes out on DVD so you can fast forward through the crap parts.