LEGENDARY (2010 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Legendary pitches John Cena into the role of mentor for a younger, non-athletic, and long-estranged brother in a family-friendly film guaranteed to please. It promises and delivers more than John Cena’s The Reunion due to much stronger acting with heightened script interpretation on his part. Casting mixes the talents of Patricia Clarkson, Devon Graye, and Danny Glover to good effect. While the make-up scenes between Mother (played by Patricia Clarkson) and oldest son (played by John Cena) come off as a little corny and seem to lack the depth of emotion necessary to portray their situation, they serve their purpose and move the story along to scenes that are portrayed with more emotion.

Storyline

A father’s death breaks a family apart when the Mother blames her oldest son and alienates him from his younger brother. When the younger brother needs help to become a wrestler, he seeks his older brother’s advice and the family begins working to a higher level of stability.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Mel Damski for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Steve Barnett and Michael Pavone for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sharon Chetley (Patricia Clarkson), Cal Chetley (Devon Graye), Mike Chetley (John Cena), Luli Stringfellow (Madeline Martin), Harry ‘Red’ Newman (Danny Glover), Coach Tennet (John Posey), Billy Barrow (Tyler Posey), Donald Worthington (Teo Olivares), and Theo ‘Gnat’ Henderson (Kareem J. Grimes).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a very good watch for John Cena fans. For non-John Cena fans, it’s still a good flick to watch with an afternoon sandwich and cola.

Ben Meyers

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