Reviewed by: Ben Cornish
Better than Average
Family Adults Teens
2 hr. 15 min.
Year of Release:
February 6, 2004
“The story of the greatest moment in sports history.”
“Miracle” tells the story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team. Those familiar with this true story, and those who aren’t, will be attracted to an emotional story that traces nine months of events that led up to one of the most historically recognized moments in Olympic history.
Kurt Russell stars as Herb Brooks, an ex-hockey player and university coach who is tapped to coach the underdog US team for the upcoming 1980 Olympics. Brooks’ strategy for success means reinventing the way his players approach the game of ice hockey. Brooks selects a rooster of 20 college-aged athletes whose passion, in some cases, out weigh talent. Miracle follows the team over several months as they prepare for the Olympic games, and the now famous game between the US and the Soviet Union (who were viewed as the best hockey team in the world). Viewers are treated to the untold story of what went on during practice, in the locker room, and in the homes of this incredible team.
“Miracle” is a refreshing film that families can feel safe viewing together. This film focuses on themes of teamwork, perseverance, and the family dynamics between players and coaches, while avoiding the foul language and lewd behavior that has become a popular theme in sports related films.
Coach Brooks selects his players for their passion and works hard to condition them to be up to the demands of play and defeating the top Soviet team, to the point of stressing conditioning over skill. As Christians this is a familiar message, for we are called to strengthen our hearts and minds in Christ in order to run the race with perseverance. In “Miracle,” the team does this and they are victorious.
The movie also focuses on teamwork and family. Interwoven between his relations with the team members, we catch a glimpse of Coach Brooks’ home life and his relationship with his wife (played by Patricia Clarkson). By shining a light on their healthy, but realistic, marriage, “Miracle” teaches that marriage is a true partnership and as Coach Brooks conditions his team for success, he remains true and faithful to tend to a marriage that may have suffered from lack of attention.
“Miracle” is an uplifting movie that demonstrates what great things ordinary people can accomplish when they “believe.”
Violence: Minor | Sex/Nudity: None
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