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FC Reviews: The Unbeatables

The Unbeatables: A heartwarming tale fit for all the family.

Rating:

Oscar-winning director Juan Jose Campanella's latest creation is 90 minutes packed full of witty football puns and enjoyable animated action that will keep all members of the family smiling.

Yes, the film is primarily aimed at children, and if you're looking for a factual football documentary along the lines of "The Class of '92" you're in the wrong place. However, "The Unbeatables" treads new ground in cinema as it centres on the world of table football. And what's not to like about watching a ball being pinged around a foosball table as if being controlled by a team of football freestylers rather than skewered models?

"The Unbeatables" tells the story of a young boy named Amadeo with a unique talent for table football. When Amadeo, voiced by "Harry Potter" star Rupert Grint, has the love of his life Lara (Eve Ponsonby) taken away from him and his village threatened by football superstar Flash (Anthony Head - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), who Amadeo defeated at table football in his local bar as a child, Amadeo goes on a mission to find for his missing friend. He is joined on his quest to reclaim his village by his team of table footballers, who come alive in a Toy Story-esque fashion when Amadeo is in need of help.

The climax of the film sees Amadeo and his team of table footballers and gathered village locals take on the mighty Flash on the real football pitch in an against-all-odds attempt to win their village back. The final showdown features plenty of fun, over-the-top football action and a humorous commentary duo of Jonathan Pearce and impressionist Alistair McGowan -- all leading up to an unexpected ending...

A cast of mainly British actors including Alex Norton and Rob Brydon maintain viewers' laughter from start to finish with a broad range of characters and accents, while 3D animation from Sergio Pablos (one of the men behind box-office hit "Despicable Me") is visually impressive for audiences of all ages.

Overall, "The Unbeatables" is an enjoyable watch, not only for fans of the beautiful game, which harnesses the spirit of the underdog in an entertaining tale.