50 Film August – 24: Believe (2013)


As a huge fan of football and football films, I have been interested to watch Believe for a while; mostly because it follows Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby (played by Brian Cox) in a uplifting family story.


The film follows a young father-less boy who loves playing football and is talented – however with no adult caring about his passion his team cannot enter the cup. Enter a chance encounter with Sir Matt (who none of the boys recognise); Matt takes control of the team as a manager and convinces them that if they believe they can accomplish anything.

Trifling hooey … Brian Cox as Matt Busby in Believe.

There are two subplots going on in the film – the first is a rather tedious one involving the child and his mother hating him playing football – the second however is a wonderfully orchestrated sentimental story of Matt Busby struggling to cope with the loss of those who died in the Munich air disaster of 1958; there are several flashbacks to the flight as well as a wonderful scene in which he sees them in the fog that show how this one tragic event affected him for the rest of his life.

Believe (2013)..? Trinity Film..

The film is generally clichéd with nothing overly original; the aforementioned sequence in the fog and a semi-interesting colour casted opening sequence being the only artsy parts in what is otherwise a technically boring film. The soundtrack is also a clichéd with seemingly every popular song from 1980’s Manchester being used to help set the scene.


Story – 2/5

Style – 3/5

Technical – 3/5

Enjoyment – 3/5


11/10 = 5/10