Some movies capture the heroic journey we all crave to believe is possible. Few do that as well as the new movie, Invincible, the inspiring sports movie starring Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale. Vince, a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan who has just lost his wife and his teaching job, decides to respond Coach Dick Vermeil's call for an open tryout for his favorite NFL team. His struggles with his doubts and his flagging confidence only to see his wildest dreams come true--he makes the team! The triumph not only impacts his life; it inspires a team and a city who wanted to believe.
OK, it helps my rating of this movie that Coach Vermeil was also a great coach at UCLA. Alumni don't forget! I loved the great inside look at football in the NFL, but there is more to this movie than football. It's a personal story of living your dream and achieving it against all odds. Even women who don't like football will find the emerging love between Vince and his future wife Janet touching enough to bring a few tears to their eyes. Yes, the men will cry, too.
What's the movie reinforce about motivation? You can't win if you don't try; you miss a 100% of the shots you never take. Vince lived that truth to the fullest. With the support of a father and friends who cared enough to believe in Vince, he responded to the challenge and gave it all he had.
I loved the comment or reviewer Pete Hammond, "If this movie doesn't make you want to stand up and cheer, you probably don't have a pulse!" If you have some dreams you are waiting to live, go see this movie and then "try out" for your dream. Don't be the one who holds yourself back. Everyone has doubts and dreams; be one in your neighborhood to overcome your doubts long enough to give your dreams a chance. Know that like the people of Philly, there are plentyof people ready to applaud from the sidelines!