Tonight, Disney+ unveils its first original biographical sports film with Safety, but is it worth a watch?
Safety tells the story of Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), who has just started college at Clemson University as a scholarship student in one of the most prestigious and demanding college football programs in the country, run by Coach Brad Simmons (James Badge Dale).
Ray starts out well at Clemson. He gets along with his roommate Daniel (Hunter Sansone), manages to charm Kaycee (Corinne Foxx), but struggles to impress team mate Ron Keller (Miles Burris).
Ray’s already challenging college experience takes a serious detour when his mother Tonya (Amanda Warren) is arrested ad placed in rehab. Ray faces a crossroad – he can let his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson) go into care, or he can take responsibility of him, even if it’s against school rules. Ray chooses to look after his brother for the 30 days, but will he survive all the demands of life? You will need to tune in to find out.
The screenplay, penned by Nick Santora, juggles a lot in its 2-hour runtime as we follow Ray’s journey, but it isn’t jarred with each character given moments of light and shade as you’re drawn into this story.
Jay Reeves give a compelling watch and the crucial bond with Thaddeus J. Mixson comes through in spades. Hunter Sansone and Corinne Foxx also give great performances, and although given limited screen time, Amanda Warren is also incredible.
Full of heart, Safety isn’t like other sports films. It’s a deeply emotional film that offers a compelling narrative worthy of watching this weekend.
Safety is streaming on Disney+ from 7pm tonight.