Based on the life of football player Vince Patale, the film Invincible is an inspiring story about one man’s struggle to make the Philadelphia Eagles football team. In 1976, part-time bartender Vince Patale (Mark Wahlberg) hits bottom when he looses his job as a school teacher and his wife leaves him. A few days later, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they’re tired of being a losing team and they have hired Coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear). At a press conference, Coach Vermeil invites any Philadelphia Eagle fan who thinks they’re good enough to try out for the team during an open call. With nothing to lose Vince tries out for the team and even makes the first and second cuts, but when the coach tells him to bring his play book to the office, Vince takes it as a sign that he is finished. It’s no big surprise what happens next. Vince makes the team but the players don’t respect him and he fights an uphill battle to stay on the team. This film has sub- plots that don’t make sense, no dramatic tension and it’s not inspiring until the last five minutes. Maybe if he was a blind, 350 pound offensive lineman who could block the defense because he could hear them rushing, I would have been impressed. (Maybe I should try out for the team.) There have been several inspirational sports films made in the last several years and this is not one of the best but that doesn’t mean this is a terrible film. It has some great qualities that many people will enjoy. For example, there is zero foul language and you can take the kids. If you aren’t blind like me, you’ll appreciate seeing some of the cars from 30 years ago and if you’re old like my wife – I’m going to pay for that – you’ll sing along to the 70’s sound track. Even with its faults, I did enjoy this film and I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.