Even if you aren’t a football fan you will be cheering for Draft Day starring Kevin Costner. He is Sonny Weaver the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns. He has the chance to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one draft pick, but he must decide what he is willing to sacrifice to make his team whole again. There in lies the drama as this film takes you into the inner world of the NFL draft.
There are times this film feels like the 2011 film Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, while it’s not as good Draft Day holds its own with Costner calling the plays. It also stars Jennifer Garner as his love interest and colleague and Denis Leary as the Cleveland Brown’s coach. They turn in solid performances but it’s Costner that takes us to the final down and into the end zone as he wrestles with self-doubt in this dramedy from director Ivan Reitman. Reitman known for films like the iconic Ghostbusters and No Strings Attached keeps the film moving to its suspenseful climax with quick cuts and digital effects.
As a fan of Costner’s earlier days I am glad to see him finally find his role as he matures on screen. While, he turned in fine performances in the recently released 3 Days to Kill and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit it is Draft Day that not only allows him to carry the ball, but score. B-