While the holiday season is packed with feel good movies, some of the best are the stories that focus on perseverance, family and true stories. This week, Disney+ welcomes their new drama that is the perfect feel good movie for the season.
Before we even get into it, keep in mind that Safety is a sports movie. It tells the true story of Ray McElrathbey, a young athlete who is starting his sports career at Clemson and is willing to sacrifice it all for family. But even with that aside, the focus on sports doesn’t dominate the film. This movie is one that even someone who isn’t a huge fan of sports will enjoy watching, and will keep them entertained.
Yes, the movie does focus on Ray’s sports career and his education, but Safety is actually more a focus on him balancing his life around all of that. When life throws him a curve ball, Ray has to decide if he’s going to focus on his future or step up and take care of his brother as well. Like for many people, there is no choice to be made – family comes first. So Safety focuses on how Ray can balance it all, take extra classes, take care of his family situation and still make the team.
The bond between brothers and the sacrifices made for family is what make Safety a good movie to watch, and a good story to be told. It has everything that viewers are going to want for a movie that pulls at the heart strings, challenges how you look at other people’s situations and even consider watching another sports movie.
As far as Safety is concerned, there isn’t a lot that would make it something that children or younger viewers couldn’t enjoy with the family. It does have some moments that will make people start to question their own preconceived ideas about others, and will make you want to give back to others within your community.
“Safety” is a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson).
“Safety” premieres on Friday, December 11, streaming only on Disney+.