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Legendary (Review)

Balanced family drama features strong performances by Cena, Clarkson and Gray

By Cole Smithey · September 10th, 2010 · Movies

In spite of its prosaic dramatic trappings, Legendary is brought to fitful life with perceptive performances from its ensemble cast that includes a strong turn from an underrated John Cena (pictured). Patricia Clarkson knocks an especially solid homerun as Sharon, a small-town mother of two polar-opposite sons.

Eldest son Mike (Cena) has been disenfranchised from his family for years since the accidental death of his father, who coached him to great success as a high school wrestler.

Devon Gray commits a break-out performance as Sharon's teenaged son Cal, who chooses to follow in his brother's footsteps on the wrestling mat if he can track down Mike and convince his brother to tutor him in the sport.

Legendary is a small film about the ability of a youngest child to reunite his family through his commitment to a sports tradition. Extraneous voice-over narration and a heavy-handed musical score are the weakest aspects to an otherwise balanced family drama. Grade: B-

Opens Sept. 10. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.



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