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Friday, August 13, 2010

LEGENDARY

By D.E.Levine

Director: Mel Damski
Writer: Jon Posey (screenplay)
Cast: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Madeleine Martin, Devon Graye, Danny Glover, John Posey, Tyler Posey, Chris Whetstone et al.
Producer: David Calloway
Executive Producers: Steve Barnett and Michael Pavone
Original Music: James Raymond
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Country of Origin: Country of Origin
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Sport

Legendary is an inspirational film project from WWE Films that stars former WWE wrestling champion John Cena.

Cena does a credible job playing Mike Chetley, a former high school wrestling champion who became an All American amateur wrestler but over the last decade has been arrested and served time for disruptive behavior and public brawling.

Son of a wrestling champion and coaching hero, Mike has lost touch with his mother and younger brother, although he lives and works not far away.

When his younger brother, Cal, a skinny kid who wants to reunite the family, decides to go out for wrestling at his high school, initiates contact by tracking him down and taking the bus to visit him, he's hostile and unreceptive.

It's only after he's targeted by some toughs at a bar, gets arrested again and is rescued by his younger brother, that Mike becomes interested in helping him.

Working daily and secretly with Cal, Mike manages to turn him into a wrestling champion and also turns his life around.

There are twists and turns along the way, and when he's targeted by toughs and winds up in prison again, it's only Cal who believes in his innocence and manages to convince their mother to investigate further.

All of the performances are believable and professional and the film does tell an inspirational story about reuniting the brothers and the family.

One problem I had was believing that the massive Cena could actually be the son of petite Patricia Clarkson and the brother of lightweight Devon Graye. It's a physiological thing based on the fact that Cena is so muscular and well-developed. a

I had serious doubts about enjoying a wrestling film, but it's well done, and absorbing, moves briskly along and is a film that you can definitely take the entire family to for an afternoon or evening of entertainment.