Rated 3.0

Mark Wahlberg plays Vince Papale, who started playing for the Philadelphia Eagles football team when he was 30. The movie embellishes the story a bit, but it’s forgivable because, for the most part, it’s done effectively. Wahlberg is credible in the role of underdog who makes it big, and first-time feature director Ericson Core, a former cinematographer, is successful in catching the essence of football. There are plenty of bone-crunching tackles, and there’s a tremendous sense of Wahlberg actually participating in games. The film’s soundtrack features an assortment of ’70s rock songs that are decent, not too obvious picks—Jackson Browne’s “These Days” is a nice touch. I’ve seen a couple of critics complain about the title of the movie, but I think it got its name because “Vince” is actually in the word Invincible. That’s my guess.