Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Peaceful Warrior (2005) PG13 - 4 Stars

A great little movie based on the true story of Dan Millman a gymnast from Cal State who's leg was shattered in a motorcycle accident. Against all odds, he went on to compete with his team in 10 short months.

Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz) is a talented gymnast and one of the best on his competitive team. He has it all going on for him. He gets the good looking women with his good looking body, he gets straight A's, has enough money and he just so happens to be great in the sport and has a chance to go all the way to the Olympics. But his arrogance and his dreams are suddenly crushed one day when Dan is involved in an accident that shatters his leg.

The doctors tell him he will never be able to compete again and lucky if he can learn to walk on his own but he has major trouble accepting that. While on a walk, he sees a man, Socrates (Nick Nolte), on the roof of a gas station and the next second, he's behind him on the ground. He guides Dan on a journey of self discovery and trains and teaches him. "Throw out everything you don't need in here (your brain) and you'll be amazed at what you can do. Socrates teaches him there's no where to go but up.

Universal Pictures
Director: Victor Salva
Writers: Bob Dolman, Kevin Bernhardt, Anthony DiPietro
Producers: Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff, Robin Schorr
I viewed 11/07

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