Kevin Costner is back in Draft Day which opens today. I saw an advanced screening thanks to Summit Entertainment, Levenson Group and Houston Cinema Arts Society.
On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
Think FOX's 24 without Kiefer, explosions, gunshots and torture. It stars Costner, Houston's own Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary in full jerk glory as a former Dallas Cowboys coach (go figure). And if you've ever dreamed of seeing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell act, then this is the movie for you.
Oh, and I should mention, no one loses an eye like in Any Given Sunday.
Houston Texans fans will be excited that H-Town makes an appearance with Reliant (soon to be NRG) Stadium having a cameo.
Naturally football fans will probably like the movie, but even non-sports fans can find something to like. So if you want a fairly family friendly flick, I suggest Draft Day.
Film buffs might be interested in an odd split screen effect director Ivan Reitman used throughout the film.