Based on an incredible true story, “Coach Carter”
is an inspirational account of controversial high school basketball
coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson), who received both high
praise and staunch criticism when he made national news for
benching his entire undefeated team for poor academic performance.
With the players and the community rallying to get the team
back on the court, Carter must overcome the obstacles of his
environment and showing young men a future that stretches
beyond gangs, drugs, prison, and yes…even basketball.
L. Jackson does best is talk. Really. After all, he is Quentin
Tarantino’s favourite talking head. Sometimes, a basketball
coach really does nothing more than talk. With an inspired
casting sleight-of-hand, the shrilly real Coach Carter is
replaced with the gravelly Samuel L. Jackson. Excellence ensued.
in some athletic young stars in Channing Tatum (before Step-ping
Up); Rob Brown (after Finding Forrester) and Ashanti (before
John Tucker Must Die), and Coach Carter the movie played out
gamely – it’s a slam-dunk.
MTV folks were so serious about making a good basketball movie
that they threw in a real training camp for everybody. Even
though the story scores little points on originality while
following inspirational sports movie conventions, the movie
found a great story to dramatize and bore enough young stars
with The Talking Head to create one of the better sports movies
in recent memory.
SPECIAL FEATURES :
There is a nice short documentary on the real Coach
Carter; an interesting making-of detailing how actors are
turned into basketball players in training camp; 6 deleted
scenes and a music video featuring some of the actors themselves.
Let it be said that these guys did put in effort in the special
Nice visual transfer; and the movie can also be heard in Thai,
with Cantonese, English, Korean, Mandarin or Thai subtitles.
by Lim Mun Pong