Going to the Mat (19-Mar-2004)|
Director: Stuart Gillard
Writers: Steve Bloom; Stu Krieger; Chris Nolan; Laurie Nolan
Keywords: Drama, Blindness, Wrestling
Review by anonymous (posted on 10-Jan-2007)
The movie "Going To The Mat" was loved by a friend of mine so when I saw it on a movie channel I decided I would watch it...and i'm so glad I did. The movie starts off with Jace Newfield, a blind teenager, who has just moved to Utah and is not too pleased. He shows this by playing heavy rock music on his drums and guitar. A meeting with a girl named Mary Beth, set out too be a reader for him becomes more than just a friend later on in the film. Jace feels unfufilled in his life so decides to take up a profound sport, wrestling. Jace proves great at the sport and works hard thus proving his compitence at coping with the blind situation. I suppose the message of the film was that no disabilaties, differences or changes that make us who we are should change the way we are treated. This is shown throughout the film and it is seen almost indefinaly at the end when everyone makes friends even if it was coz Jace thrashed someone in wrestlin.. still counts wright. The whole possibility of the film didnt sink in until the sad moments in the film where you really sympathise with the character. One such scene was when a fire bell went off and Jace, played by the undeniably gorgeous Andrew Lawrence, lost his stick and, though he didnt know it, was helped out of the school by his newly made enemy, John, played by Billy Aaron Brown. I enjoyed the whole film and have given it highest rating. A must have watch for anyone and should definatly be on a list of movies to see before you die!!!
Review by anonymous (posted on 10-Aug-2006)
This film is amazing. The
emotional rollercoaster took me for a magical ride of highs and lows
and wonderful twists. The storyline made me think about how i would
feel in such a situation. I feel that this film has a very important
message which is very useful to know. In my own words I think the
message is that we should all appreciate what we have. You will never
really appreciate anything untill you have lived without it. This movie
has made me realise how lucky I actually am. To live without any
disabilities. I feel Andrew Lawrence played Jason Newfield, the blind,
new student, very well. He is an amazing actor and I believe that it
was his acting that stood out and made the message clearer to me
personally. I conclude my review with saying that I give this film the
maximum of four stars and congradulate the cast and crew for making
such a memorable film.
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