Men of Honor
MEN OF HONOR (15)
D: George Tillman, Jr.
20th Century Fox (Robert Teitel & Bill Badalato)
W: Scott Marshall Smith
DP: Anthony B. Richmond
Ed: John Carter
Mus: Mark Isham
Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Carl Brashear), Robert De Niro (Master Chief Leslie Sunday), Charlize Theron (Gwen Sunday), Hal Holbrook (Mr. Pappy), David Keith (Capt. Hartigan), Michael Rapaport (Snowhill)
Based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who overcame racism and other adversities to become the first African-American chief diver in the US Navy, despite facing hurdles from all the way up the military chain of command.
This biopic feels quite pedestrian in places, with not much to set it apart from countless other triumph over adversity tales, though it's very much galvanised with A-list performances of Cuba Gooding, Jr. & Robert DeNiro as an alcoholic, bigoted instructor who redeems himself when he becomes Brashear's trainer.