Saw this the other day. Wow. Some heartbreaking scenes and some fine acting. Matthew M (not gonna try to spell it) gives a good performance as the coach who takes over Marshall's football program following the horrific crash that killed everybody on board as the team was returning from a game at ECU.
The football scenes were believable, the acting was top notch. The tear inducing moments weren't heavy handed. Some moments caught me by surprise and had me choked up a bit. (the scene in the film room at WVU).
A very entertaining movie and definitely worth a viewing.
Just saw this tonight and John, my reaction was the same as yours: I was expecting some sort of mystery surrounding the crash, as the ads make it seem like it was sabotage or something. Regardless, Denzel is awesome as always. That is all.