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Forever Strong (2009/Picture Rock/Excel/Crane DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Feature: C-



The latest entry in the tired, annoying, pretentious “if you play sports (rugby here) and conform, you won’t be useless” cycle, Ryan Little’s Forever Strong (2009) follows the cycle by daring to tell us that what we are about to see is based on “actual events” when all is about as believable as a bad TV movie.  This time, drunk driving lands a young man named Rick (Sean Faris, seeming too old for this role like most of the cast here) in juvenile detention, he is suddenly a “brat” who “does not want to do anything” and “needs to grow up” though the script is the real brat here.


Then there is this new aspect of the cycle where only minority characters can see “the truth” in what has become a strange politically correctness issue that amounts to a kind of reverse racism and does no viewer any good.  It is also an appeal to pity con artist ploy to push the conformity the film wants to push in the first place that plays like a form of White Nationalism despite the minority cast.  Idiotic films like Dangerous Minds helped to bring this about.


Sean Astin is cast as the counselor here to complete the con job.  Yea, get the nice guy from Rudy and the Lord Of the Rings films to complete the brainwashing and you get a cunning piece of junk that wastes some good actors and our time.  Nothing like a feel good film really making you feel bad, stupid, inadequate and like a moron, but that is what the cunning mess with its “Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Award” does.  Think of that as a well-decorated Razzie and warning there is a group out there that thinks your brain is mush!


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 has its share of motion blur and issues, but color and some more consistent elements make it the default highlight of this venture, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is just fine for a low budget production, but don’t expect Pro Logic surrounds of any kind.  Extras include an audio commentary by Little and Coach Larry Gelwix whose story this is supposed to be in part… somehow, outtakes, viral videos, trailers for this and two other DVDs and three making of featurettes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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