Seven Days in Utopia
|Seven Days in Utopia|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Matt Russell|
|Produced by||Jason Michael Berman
Mark G. Mathis
|Written by||David Cook
|Based on||Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia by David L. Cook|
|Music by||Klaus Badelt
|Cinematography||M. David Mullen|
|Edited by||Robert Kamatsu|
|Running time||98 minutes|
The film is based on the book Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia by Dr. David Lamar Cook, a psychologist who received a Ph.D. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Virginia.
In the movie version, Lucas Black plays Luke Chisholm, a young professional golfer who has a meltdown during a tournament. After shooting 80 in the final round, Chisholm crashes his car into a fence and gets wisdom from Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall). After some instruction and guidance, Chisholm enters the Valero Texas Open, where he ends up in a playoff with the world's top golfer, T.K. Oh (K.J. Choi).
- Robert Duvall as Johnny Crawford
- Lucas Black as Luke Chisholm
- Melissa Leo as Lily
- K. J. Choi as T. K. Oh
- Kelly Tilghman as Golf Channel reporter/analyst
- Brandel Chamblee as Golf Channel reporter/analyst
- Deborah Ann Woll as Sarah
- Rickie Fowler as Himself
- Stewart Cink as Himself
- Rich Beem as Himself
The film received poor reviews from critics overall. The Hollywood Reporter noted that "inspirational tale about finding God through golf, 'Seven Days in Utopia' must be given full credit for coming up with something new in movies" and "this homemade, whole milk, finger-lickin'-good, G-rated piece of American cheese isn't the sort of thing most urban viewers are accustomed to consuming but, if Visio Entertainment knows how to reach down-home Christian audiences, 'Utopia' will find open arms across a wide swath of the Bible Belt and through the South." Salon noted that the "bland Christian film squanders Oscar-winning cast" and questioned "why did these talented performers agree to appear in this piece of hokum?" The Guardian described the film as "headed for the long grass."The New York Times described it as "a stultifying hybrid of athletic instruction film and Christian sermon", while Golf.com questioned whether it was "the worst golf film ever made?"
Conservative publications provided slightly more mixed reviews. Evangelical periodical Christianity Today criticized the film for "lazily rehashing clichés" and failing to deliver "genuine characters or plausible storytelling," while the New York Post gave the film two out of four stars and claimed that "it goes down more smoothly than you'd imagine" thanks to Duvall's performance and an "excellent supporting cast." The Arizona Republic described Seven Days as "utterly predictable" and "bland," but also praised Duvall, who "has to be great here just to keep the movie afloat."
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