The Road to Victory : Directed by Mike Reilly

Review By: Mut Asheru

Run Time: 99 min

Review By: Mut Asheru

Run Time: 99 min

At first glance this is a sports film wrapped up in a love story.  At second glance this is a film about self honesty wrapped up in a love story helped along by football. 

Writer/Director and lead actor Mike Reilly cleverly leaves us in the dark for most of the film.  I can’t say that I was enthusiastic about anyone’s acting outside of Mr. Reilly’s.  The love relationship, while honest and true to form of less glamorous unions that happen outside of hollywood, was too puerile for my taste.  Perhaps because I’m an older woman who has forgotton the folly of my young love life….and maybe perhaps because Anna (Julia Benson) spent the good part of our introduction to her character belittling boyfriend Elliot (Mike Reilly) for an his erectile dysfunction as if a stiff penis was the death of the planet.  Definitely not an enduring trait.  While I was supposed to be emotionally vested in their love I found myself wishing he would just dump her so that I could get on with the rest of the movie.  But wait…THEY are the movie.

At some point in the film I realized that Elliot was fighting for his health and that the state of his health may or may not be due to steroid abuse.  Through the tackling of the seldom touched subject matter of erectile dysfunction I learned that athletes’ steroid use in sports is not always something used to bulk up and perform better. Sometimes they use them to heal their bodies after sustaining serious sports injuries.  His ablility to perform on the field was used as a device to mirror his failure in the bedroom.

The Road to Victory is not the road to touchdowns.  It is the road to getting to know yourself and being brave enough to expose yourself to your loved ones.  It is on this road that true connections without masks can be made.  Where the script was less than stellar Reilly makes up for in his superb acting abilities. He’s able to take us from one extreme to another in smooth continuous motions.  You’re not aware that you have watched his character change until the end of the movie when the credits are rolling.  Smart.

The movie contains a wonderful score written by Surque and some great songs by Sean Hayes. **I’m in love with the song that was playing during the end credits**  The direction and photography was smooth and clear.  The Road to Victory is truly a compelling film that had me asking “what the hell am I watching?…what is this about”?  All the while staying throughout the film because I was riveted by Reilly’s performance.  I needed to know that this young man would turn out okay.  I highly recommend.

*rent it on amazon.com*

Cast:
Mike Reilly, Julia Benson, Poppi Reiner, Peter Abrams, Winston Brown, Clay St. Thomas
Producer:
Jonathan Kitchen
Screenwriter:
Mike Reilly

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