Miracle Review by Sputnik

Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Excellent movie. The wife track in the first half seemed a bit unnecessary. Some of the scenes were very good like the drill scene after they tie the game with the Norwegian team and the scene where they give Christmas gifts to the coach and assistant coach and the scene where the assistant coach shows up to the meeting after Herb is accused of wanting to stay in the limelight by not allowing players to give interviews. The climax has the US-Soviet Union match for 25 minutes and the scenes are excellent. The movie does not even show the final game where they beat Finland.

Chak De! India has copied a few scenes from the movie like the scene where Herb interviews with the United States Olympic Committee, the excessive drills scene, the who do you play for scene and the speech scene (though its a sports movie cliche) and even the coach holding his knees and almost crying after the win.

I must say that I liked the country and not states scene in Chak De! India more as it was at one stretch unlike Miracle and I did not get how the player suddenly knew that the coach wanted to hear that he was playing for USA during that excessive drill scene.

Kurt Russell was excellent as the coach. Patricia Clarkson was ok as the wife. Noah Emmerich was good as the Assistant Coach. The rest of the cast was good too.

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