The true-life tale, directed by Whale Rider's Niki Caro and featuring Kevin Costner as the harried coach of an underdog cross country team in California's Central Valley, tells its by-the-bootstraps story so winningly that, predictable though it may be, it's still hard not to find it thoroughly rousing.
I'm joined by Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Kevin Costner. In the veteran actor's new project, Black or White, he plays a grandfather who finds himself in a custody battle over his biracial granddaughter. In this clip, Kevin describes the powerful reaction he had upon first reading the thought-provoking script.
Draft Day is an above-average entry in the field, and a predictably proficient a piece of popcorn entertainment. While some the broad strokes of the story may be fairly easy to call out fairly early on, it packs in enough "what's gonna happen?" suspense to make the eventual third act pay off worth hanging in there for for.