The Express

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Released 2008

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Director:
Gary Fleder
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG

The Express is a 2008 inspirational sports film based on the true story of Syracuse University football star Ernie Davis. The film, directed by Gary Fleder, follows the story of Davis (Rob Brown) during the 1940's and on into the 1960's. The film is a true inspiration of a young man fighting against the racism of the times to persevere at something he was truly great at. The film chronicles his hard fought path all the way to being the first African American to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Against all odds, Ernie Davis became one of the best football players in the history of college athletics. By the conclusion of the film, Davis gets drafted into the Professional Football League for the Cleveland Browns, but only one game into the season he is struck with illness. After undergoing thorough testing by the best of doctors, Davis is diagnosed with Leukemia and is told he can never play football again. The film is a lesson in how anything is possible no matter how great the obstacles. It also stars Nelsan Ellis, Charles S. Dutton, Aunjanue Ellis, Dennis Quaid, and Darrin Dewitt Henson.

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    If a movie of this kind didn't traffic in overstatement, it wouldn't be doing its job, which is to provide a strong dose of simple, rousing emotion.

  • 60

    Variety

    Crowdpleasing and oh-so-predictable.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    If one will pardon the obvious analogy, The Express ends up feeling like a fumble at the goal line, coming across as simple-minded and melodramatic.

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