Flying Like a Eagle

In `Invincible,' a football fantasy comes true in this better-than-average story ofr real-life triumph over adversity

Review B

August 25, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

One day in 1976, Vince Papale was just a schlub with a dream, a 30-year-old, out-of-work teacher who lived for his Philadelphia Eagles. Next thing he knew, he was playing for them.

Invincible is a formula film that works, yet another in a series of against-the-odds, inspired-by-true-life sports stories that Disney has made a regular part of its release schedule in recent years. There's no substantial difference between it and every other triumph-over-adversity movie (Miracle, Remember the Titans, The Rookie), but director Ericson Core and screenwriter Brad Gann tweak the formula just enough to keep things interesting. The movie contains few surprises but has plenty of heart.

Invincible (Disney) Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Ericson Core. Rated PG. Time 100 minutes.

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