Which of these isn’t uttered during Draft Day?
- “I dedicated my life to this sport – just like you.”
- “This city deserves a championship, and I’m the guy to deliver it!”
- “When I wake up, I breathe footballs, do you dig?”*
Draft Day is two hours of expositional dialogue and over-edited phone calls as Costner’s embattled Sonny Weaver Jr. looks on gloomily, wondering “If I sign him, will they come?”
Any actual problems that might otherwise be deemed significant – unplanned pregnancy, daddy issues, a prospect’s assault charge – are unimportant; this is football, baby!
How art imitates life.
Though not as incompetent as the majority of its characters for a film that begins with a countdown on “a day where lives are changed and fates are decided”, Draft Day presents bafflingly little tension and precious little point.
RATING: 2/ 5
*Option three is not uttered within the theatrical cut of Draft Day
CAST: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman
DIRECTOR: Ivan Reitman
WRITERS: Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph
SYNOPSIS: On the day of the NFL draft, Cleveland Browns GM Sonny Weaver Jr. is faced with the decision of his life.