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Blu-ray Review: 'Draft Day'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
August 29th, 2014 11:10am EDT

Draft Day 

Politics, backstabbing and plenty of scheming – and football season hasn’t even started yet!  We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Draft Day" out Sept. 2 from Summit Home Entertainment.  We review the picks and plays below!

 

Draft Day

   Title: "Draft Day"

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary

   Director: Ivan Reitman

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 110 minutes

   Release Company: Summit Home Entertainment

   Website: www.lionsgateshop.com

 

The Flick: Coming from a person who knows nothing about football and isn’t even a fan, I was fully engaged in "Draft Day."  Meaning through the great writing (this sucker was on the top of the famed Blacklist of languishing screenplays!), decent direction (Ivan Reitman in a less then comedic turn that works!) and great cast of characters (nothing is cooler than seeing Kevin Costner and Denis Leary go toe-to-toe!) the film about picking new players works for both the ardent fan and newbie novice.  The only strike against this one is the inclusion of Jennifer Garner as Costner’s co-worker/love interest.  Forget the fact that their age difference is glaring, but there’s simply not one ounce of chemistry between these two – good drama, bad romance.

Best Feature: The 'On the Clock: The Making of Draft Day' featurette goes into every aspect of this one in great detail – from script to set. (Love that Reitman wanted Leary for that part!)

Best Hidden Gem: Pat Healy, he of "The Innkeepers" and "Compliance," shows up in a great memorable role here as a naïve GM rookie Jeff Carson.

Worth the Moola: A great drama in spite of the fact that the romance is a bust that’s well worth drafting for a rental.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Summit Home Entertainment