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Annapolis
     

Annapolis

2.5 6
Director: Justin Lin,

Cast: James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster

 

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A poor but ambitious young man strives to make good in one of the most competitive institutions on Earth in this military drama. Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a small Maryland town who grew up in a blue-collar family with few opportunities. Wanting to make something of himself after completing high school, Jake set his

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Annapolis 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a complete waste of my time. Stereotypical characters abound and the acting is second-rate. You get to see nothing of the real town of Annapolis which is a great disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good film. The characters are well done, believable, not exaggerated. There is more than enough excitement and suspense. I wondered what the academies would be like with women. I graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1971, well before women were admitted. If this is an acurate tail, then some of the severe hazing I remember is still in place. Good film. Recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Acting was amateurish at best, story was boring, and characters weren’t developed enough. There was a lot of potential in the movie but none of it was realized.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I live in Maryland and love visiting Annapolis. You get to see NOTHING of the town in this boring movie. I'm sorry I wasted my time. It was unrealistic. How can you hit your superior TWICE and not get thrown out ? Especially when they kick out another guy for not showering ? And there is no way an overweight guy would have made it into the Academy like the previous reviewer stated. Uninteresting. Pass on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my top reason for watching this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When a film is entitled ANNAPOLIS one expects to see something that resembles or in some part reflects the title. Unfortunately, this is based on a small, twice-told story rendered in what appears to be a Frankenscript made up from parts of other scripts from feature films superior to it. It's a superficial story at that. It's also obvious that the neither writer nor director served in either the US Navy or the USN Marines Division, nor apparently bothered to hire a knowledgeable consultant for it lacks authenticity and is marred by technical errors. For example, there's a line where Midshipman Cole (well played by the striking Tyrese Gibson) a former Marine that we later learn will return to the Marines after graduating Annapolis refers to himself as a "soldier." This is a rather grinding mistake because no Sailor or Marine ever refers to himself as a soldier even while intoxicated and spouting philosophic euphemisms. It just never happens. Perhaps the most glaring error is the entire writing of the "Twins" character (once again very well played by Vicellous Reon Shannon) who is an overweight, physically unqualified plebe. In truth the entry examination for Annapolis is done in two parts and one part covers an entire day on physical qualifications that all candidates must pass. Physically unqualified students are never found at the Naval Academy. The part should simply have never been written as it is. The idea itself obviously comes from any number of old boot camp films where it not only happens but where this characterization has long ago become trite. At this writing I do not know why the picture was not made at Annapolis itself but this fact encompasses an entire basket of missed opportunities. If one were to entitle a film ANNAPOLIS the story might have been told similarly to John Ford's THE LONG GRAY LINE (1955) where through the experience of one man we get the emotional impact and historicity of West Point. USNA Annapolis is one of the greatest institutions of the United States, having been officially created in 1850. Its grounds and buildings are stunning when one sees the parades of midshipmen pass in review. There is nothing in this film that comes close to illustrating or in any way demonstrating the glory of the Academy. Boxing, which is the highlight of this unfortunate film is but a small aspect of life there. Yet, the activity eats up the entire conclusion of this film. Better to have named it, "Rocky's Younger, Midshipman Brother." There is one small plus side however, the cast is always engaging and talented so what little is there is salvaged by their performances. If you want see a strong melodrama about the trails and tribulations of a young man's aspirations to become a naval officer, see the original movie. However, if you have the chance to see "Annapolis", you would be well advised to pass on the opportunity.