I will admit right here and now that I am a fan of John Cena's movies, yes it is true. I thought "The Marine" was a fun pointless action movie and that "12 Rounds" while seeming like a "Die Hard" spin off was just as fun. This was Cena's third film for WWE and I have to say that it may be his best. It is a realistic drama in which John had to actually act and he was in a co starring role. For some reason when this first came out I wanted to see this more so than any other he had been in.
Cal Chetley [Devon Graye] is one of those kids who is just an outcast and is having problems at home. His mother [Patricia Clarkson] is over protective, his father is dead, and his older brother [Cena] is the black sheep of the family. While he is a scrawny guy he wants to join the schools wrestling team like his father and brother did before him. the thing is he knows nothing about it and his mother is strongly against it.
Now I know some of you are reading that and are saying "that does not sound to interesting". Well if you were thinking that then you would be very wrong for thinking that, especially seeing Cena in this type of film. I have to say that I was very impressed by John here in this film as the brother who has to come back to help his little bro. He is actually really good here especially during the first half of the film. Seeing him play the drunk outcast haunted by his past it is new side of Cena. The last half is more of the guy that you see in the WWE helping out kids and such. Don't get me wrong the role called for that but still.
Devon is really good here in the lead role and makes the film more believable. And for any out there that says a kid like that would never make it in amateur wrestling has no idea what they are talking about. As someone who wrestled all throughout school and trains it every day even now I can tell you the little guys are usually the nastiest and most hard workers. Was I one of those guys, maybe, maybe not. Patricia is also excellent here as their mother and Danny Glover is always fun.
I was glad to see Mel Damski directed this since he is a producer and directed many episodes of one of my favorite shows of all time, "Psych". Also it should be noted that the writer of this film John Posey is also in the film as Coach Tennent. He did a good job on both fronts. Anyway this is actually a good film from the WWE and is one of the few dramatic films they have made. I say give the film a chance, I liked it.
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