'Phenom' - Movie Review

A young baseball player (Hopper Gibson, played by Johnny Simmons) recruited straight to the majors out of high school suddenly throws multiple wild pitches, leading to his assignment to a sports psychologist (Paul Giamatti) who works with him to understand the damage his abusive father (Ethan Hawke) has done to him.

The director uses static shots and various camera tricks that I found isolated us more from the characters in the film rather than bringing us into their life. Hopper Gibson wasn't a very appealing character - he had some justification for the way he was, what with his father being as horrible as he was, but I didn't enjoy his process of discovery. Paul Giamatti was (as he often is) the best thing in the movie.