Justin Lin (2005)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This is so mechanical that you half suspect that it must be the work of some new computer software that has the ability to process and reformat a number of different movie plots into one new one. In this amalgam of Top Gun and An Officer and a Gentleman, James Franco plays a working-class kid whose boxing skills land him a spot at the prestigious Annapolis Naval Academy. Tyrese Gibson plays Franco's sadistic drill sergeant - in other words, the Lou Gossett Jr character - while Jordana Brewster is a sympathetic officer he meets in a bar (that's Kelly McGillis in Top Gun covered). As a recruitment film for the US armed forces, this has some dubious merit, but otherwise it's a depressingly predictable affair.


A shipyard labourer enrolled at the Annapolis naval academy finds the experience tougher and the training harder than expected, rejecting the institution's narrow and idealised view of manhood. However, his defiance puts him at loggerheads with a superior officer - whom he eventually has to face in a boxing match. Drama, starring James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and Donnie Wahlberg.

Cast & Crew

Jake Huard James Franco
Cole Tyrese Gibson
Ali Jordana Brewster
Lt Burton Donnie Wahlberg
Twins Vicellous Shannon
Loo Roger Fan
Whitaker McCaleb Burnett
Estrada Wilmer Calderon
McNally Chi McBride
Director Justin Lin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: DVD