January 25, 2010

Review: Miracle

Not to be confused with the theological phenomena known as miracles, Miracle is a movie about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Yes, the movie has been out for over half a decade by now, but since the Winter Olympics are coming up and since I'm running out of material to write about I figure now is as good a time as any to write about this movie.

So there's really no point to recapping the plot. If you want to figure it out, just look at the results from the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Here's a hint: the movie isn't about a group of underdogs losing. The plot of real life in this case lends itself to a good story, and as far as sports movies go, this is by far the most realistic in terms of plot.

The action itself is also very nice. It doesn't seem like any of the hockey is fake, and in general the process looks authentic. Granted, there is the standard training montage with the people getting slowly better and eventually coming around to being as competent as they should be, but hey, there's only so much you can expect.

The acting is merely okay. I found it difficult to differentiate between any of the people on the team except by their physical appearance. As a result, it was a movie of nameless actors: perhaps a more obvious introduction of the characters would have helped.

In general, Miracle is a very good movie. Taken as a sports movie by itself, it is probably among the best, not only because it's well-polished, but because it's as close to the truth as you can get. Taken by the standards of all movies, it is still very good. Before the Winter Olympics come on this year, you should definitely watch Miracle. This movie and Cool Runnings will get you properly excited for a great international sporting event.

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