Working-class tough guy Jake Huard (James Franco) gets a chance to make good when hes accepted into the famed Annapolis Naval Academy, but his buddies and dad back at the shipyard doubt hell last a month. The film moves through his first year at the academy, culminating in the big boxing tournament, which is Huards chance to get revenge against his stoic-beyond-the-call-of-duty senior officer, Cole (Tyrese Gibson). First, though, the closed-off Huard must learn to ask for help, which arrives via a warmly attractive senior officer played by Jordanna Brewster (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS). ANNAPOLISs director, Justin Lin (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW) brings an unpretentious visual approach to this film; he lets the story flow straight as an arrow, sweeping viewers up into the daunting rigors and the developing camaraderie of this challenging environment. A muscular orchestral score by Brian Tyler pushes everything along with maximum heart and impact, and the rich cinematography creates an invigorating sense of you-are-there closeness, which, by the time the story gets to the climactic fight, is breathlessly intense. The standout performance is Gibsons so composed and elegantly tough, hes like a coiled spring. Brewster is also good, lending a welcome contrast of feminine warmth to the sometimes-cold world of military discipline. As an inspiring tale of rising up and beating your limitations, ANNAPOLIS makes the grade.
Plebe Year The Story Of Annapolis, The Brigades, Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary
Release Date: 07 August 2006
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Running Time: 104 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English