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And when the characters do get in the ring, you would think it was a matter of life and death. Lin uses swelling music and deafening sound effects to jolt viewers to attention. Unfortunately, he has so overdone things that it's borderline parody.
We might call this film his reality check, as raves are unlikely and hard shell criticism is all but guaranteed. That's because his movie is as common as they come. In fact, even infrequent moviegoers should recognize it as a merger of similar fare, including "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Top Gun" and "Rocky."
The best part of the movie is James Franco, the talented, young actor who plays Jake Huard, an unlikely first year admit to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Although a so so student, Huard gets into the academy with persistence and extraordinary skill as a boxer.
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Too bad because Lin is nursing a promising future. But judging by "Annapolis" and his next project the third installment of "The Fast and the Furious" he's prepared to let artistry take a backseat to easy money.
The characters are mere sketches, the film's dramatic moments are overplayed, and the script is only functional. Because Grey Ralph Lauren Shoes the cast is interesting, "Annapolis" is watchable, but with so many better things in theaters it seems a waste to spend an hour and a half Ralph Lauren White Shoes Price
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Along with serving as a military drama, "Annapolis" is also a boxing film. That's because the Naval Academy's Brigade boxing competition is key to the plot. It's in that competition that Huard can face off against Cole.
Franco is talented enough to give Huard dimension, but since he's surrounded by such cookie cutter characters it doesn't much matter. Among the supporting cast is the beautiful superior (Jordana Brewster), the overweight friend who is struggling with the academy's physical requirements (Vicellous Shannon), and the supportive officer (Donnie Wahlberg).
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Huard's preparation for the fight, and it's supposed to be a key moment when Huard asks Brewster's character to help him. It's a scene that's supposed to demonstrate his acceptance of a key lesson: that everyone needs help. What it does is prompt questions because nothing would indicate that Brewster knows anything about boxing.
The most unlikely thing about "Annapolis" is that it was delivered by director Justin Lin, who drew rave reviews in 2002 with the independent hit "Better Luck Tomorrow."
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Once in, however, his rebellious attitude goes against the school's disciplined structure and, in particular, that of his company commander, Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson). Cole is the archetypal military leader: loud, tough, no nonsense, and arrogant. But there's not much more to him.
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