Crooked Arrows (2012)
Movie InfoA mixed-blood Native American, Joe Logan, eager to modernize his reservation, must first prove himself to his father, the traditionalist Tribal Chairman, by rediscovering his spirit. He is tasked with coaching the reservation's high school lacrosse team which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League. Joe inspires the Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Ignited by their heritage and believing in their new-found potential, coach and team climb an uphill battle to the state championship finals against their privileged prep school rivals...will they win? -- (C) Official Site … More
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An entirely predictable script that chugs along to the foregone loser-beats-odds conclusion.
In another era, "Crooked Arrows" might have been an after-school special, perfect to have on the TV while cleaning the house; miss a scene while you're dusting under the couch, and you'll still know exactly what's happening later.
"Crooked Arrows" gets points for its glimpses of Native American culture and history - the film's backers include the Onondaga Nation - but too many of these scenes are disappointingly static.
"Crooked Arrows" might involve two lesser-seen screen subjects - Native Americans and lacrosse - but it still can't break free of the usual underdog sports picture tropes.
Routh ... does a killer Tom Cruise-in-"Jerry Maguire" homage in this swift little sports dramedy.
A millennial brace of lacrosse action propels Crooked Arrows through a thicket of cliches liberally planted in its path.
This attempt at a drama is pretty routine, but it demonstrates why some clichés became clichés: because they work. [It's] basically The Bad News Bears without all of the humor, though the tone is still fairly light.
These aspects provide the film with a novel focus, even though all of its events are entirely predictable.
The lack of anything distinctive in execution or performance makes the film instantly forgettable.
It has charm and a refreshing cultural perspective, but the predictability is often too much to bear, tanking the potential for a proper big screen exploration of lacrosse.
If you can't guess where these "Crooked Arrows" are going, you aren't getting out enough. But Routh is wonderfully light and laid back here, perhaps thanks to the low stakes this tiny film has.
Although it adheres to the tried-and-true sports-movie formula of an underdog team striving to overcome their limitations to become winners, Crooked Arrows lacks captivating emotional momentum.
The connection between the sport and tribal traditions is compelling, but eventually the film drowns amid a slew of underdog cliches.
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