I love hockey. I have for the longest time – the Bruins are my guys and no matter where I go in life, that’s how it’ll be. I practically grew up in a rink and my mother likes to say that I was skating before I really walked (something I lost track of when I moved as a kid, but that’s besides the point…). It’s not a really popular sport, I can’t understand why when it’s fast-paced, intense, physical… The list goes on. But if you watch the news when they talk about sports, hockey is almost always last – unless the team being reported on is winning.
But this isn’t a sports blog and I’m not going to preach about hockey.
I’m going to talk about the 2011 movie, Breakaway, which is about a Sikh ice hockey team in Canada.
It’s just one of the oddest hockey movies I”ve ever seen. I mean, there’s a weird figure skating scene when the main character is supposed to be suffering from a concussion. I’m pretty sure he’s supposed to be skating with the female love interest at the Taj Mahal, but it’s some of the worst CGI I’ve ever seen (the CGI is used for both the scenery and the skating in this scene). It’s just… seriously, odd is the only word I can think of to describe it. Then there’s this whole thing with their helmets at the end of the movie – they have to wear helmets (because they wear turbans) or forfeit a tournament. Well, instead of forfeiting, the team wears helmets that are reminiscent of those worn into a full-on battle.
Like, I get it – I understand the concept. But, between relatively unknown actors and Rob Lowe’s not-so-great acting skills, this movie is just strange. It’s full of cheesy cliches – a son trying to make his father proud, but unable to give up what he loves the most, so he has to hide his true passion from his family with the help of his friends.
But! Does Breakaway sink or swim? I’ll say sink if only because it’s just too cheesy for me, but it’s also one of those movies you can put on if there’s nothing else and still be pretty satisfied with your choice. If that makes any sense.
Below is the trailer for the movie, so you can come to your own opinion!