Written October 13, 2008
I really enjoyed this movie because Rob Brown did a very good job of playing Ernie Davis.
Written October 03, 2008
I just attended the advance press screening of this UP-LIFTING well-crafted 140-minute movie based on Robert C. Gallagher's autobiography of Ernie Davis who was a Syracuse University football player and was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Express, by director Gary Fleder, transcended race and football - it was about the human spirit in the face of adversities and daunting challenges. The issues are clear-cut black and white - themes explored are teamwork/individual effort, success/failure, tenacity/courage/hope, racism, and believing/working for your dream(s).
The cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau was gorgeous - visually-striking.
Compelling FIRST-RATE performance by the ensemble - kudos to the principals, Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.
The Express breezed along at a nice pace - riveted the audience - made us all cheer and clapped many times - and it received a resounding ovation at the end.
And bring the kids!
Written October 13, 2008
This was a great movie. I think everyone would enjoy watching this movie.
Written October 11, 2008
If you wanna see a good movie, then this is a movie for you folks.
A black man winnin, doin black thangs, winnin tha white mans trophy.
NOTE: I only wrote that review in response to the negative review "Not exactly accurate" by SlipShadow. Its not a serious statement.
Remember people. This movie was only >>BASED<< off a true story.
My honest opinion of the movie:
This is one of the best movies i've seen this year. It's not the best movie ever made, but its really good. I laughed, I was amazed, I was entertained, and my girlfriend cryed. (Im a man, I dont cry).
There is one messege they left out, and I think that all athelets should get from this movie. DONT rely on sports. If you have the opportunity, such as a full paid scholarship to college, take advantage of it and get an education and a degree. It might come in handy. Even tho it wouldnt have helped the main character out much seeing as he......
-If you wanna see if the movie is good or not.... Just go see it.
Written September 18, 2008
Having performed in some scenes of this film (largely shot in the Chicago area), I was especially interested in seeing what they'd “do” with the story of ERNIE DAVIS, the first African-American man to win the Heisman Trophy. I was impressed with the work done at framing his background & difficulties growing up and achieving football success in the often-racist America of the 1950’s & ’60’s. ROB BROWN does a first-rate job playing collegiate Ernie, DENNIS QUAID (who in person astutely spoke of how he feels the story hits you both in the “gut” & in the “heart”) gives a finely nuanced turn as the Syracuse coach, and the various supporting players (including OMAR BENSON MILLER as Ernie’s teammate & CHARLES S. DUTTON as his grandfather) add to the effectiveness of a story that’s both sad & uplifting at various points. The football scenes are very effectively filmed, the story “WORKS”, and I thus found it a very successful commentary on human relationships, trials, tribulations and successes