Disney truly has a reasonably proud custom of sports activities motion pictures by the years, together with “Miracle” (in regards to the 1980 US Olympic hockey staff) and “Keep in mind the Titans.” “Security” clearly aspires to that firm, which falls considerably exterior the wheelhouse of the streaming service’s Disney Channel-type originals.
The plot facilities on Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a freshman soccer participant at Clemson College, whose juggling of college, sports activities and a brand new feminine relationship (performed by Corinne Foxx, Jamie’s daughter) is dealt a severe complication: His mom, who has struggled with dependancy, should go into rehab, leaving Ray to look after his 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson), or see him go into the foster system.
At first, Ray chooses to take Fahmarr into his dorm room, attempting to hide his presence from everybody besides his comic-relief roommate (Hunter Sansone). Not surprisingly, his efficiency suffers, as does the movie after some time throughout that stretch.
Ultimately, the reality comes out, and the neighborhood rallies across the pair. However that dangers endangering Ray’s scholarship due to these arcane NCAA guidelines about improper advantages to athletes, probably forcing a selection between household and soccer.
Directed by Reginald Hudlin (whose latest credit embody “Marshall”) from a script by Nick Santora, the film’s coronary heart comes from not solely the fraternal tie, however the “It takes a village” side of Fahmarr’s scenario. That results in a number of sports-movie cliches, together with the powerful however caring assistant coach (James Badge Dale) who takes particular curiosity in Ray.
As the last word endorsement of the story’s TV-movie-worthy roots, the movie closes with video of the Oprah Winfrey phase dedicated to it, the gold commonplace in feel-good seals of approval.
Nonetheless, there is a maybe unavoidable want to tug out the drama — and comedy, with small challenges like sneaking Fahmarr into the dorm lavatory — earlier than reaching the satisfying payoff, and “Security” (a reference to extra than simply Ray’s place on the sector) meanders considerably in getting there.
Towards that yardstick, “Security” feels prefer it goals a bit larger than among the service’s fare, and it is good-hearted and uplifting. Should you’re solely going to attain a few factors, proper now, that is not a foul place to start out.
“Security” premieres Dec. 11 on Disney+. It is rated PG.