The first impression I got from watching the movie was that it’s not a typical drama. First of all, it’s based on real events which give the entire story a strong background. The film turned out to be intriguing and captivating, not because of the sleek and carefully directed movie scenes, but because of the story itself and the actors who portrayed it so well.
Remember the Titans is a rare movie that succeeds in telling an emotional and revolutionary story of overcoming racism, but at the same time enables to succeed creating convincing and strong characters, settings and a suspense that keeps you going throughout the entire movie.
One of the most powerful scenes that sets the tone and the direction of the entire movie happens at the very beginning of the movie when Coach Boom, played by Denzel, gives a speech to the team stating that this is not a democracy and that he is the law. Eventually, his enthusiasm and loyalty will mirror onto the players.
In the film, “Remember the Titans,” a high school football team in Virginia struggles with the intense segregation of the black and white community. Based on a true story, “Remember the Titans” is modeled after the unforgettable 1971 events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia. Herman Boone, an African-American football coach, was hired to guide an integrated, yet racially polarized, high school team called the T.C. Williams Titans. Part of the controversy stems from the white-skinned assistant coach, Bill Yoast, because he was bypassed for the head position. It's evident in the beginning stages of the story that Bill has feelings of bitterness and resentment for coaching under the authority of a black man. However, the two men realized that they have much in common, such as their integrity, honor, and true passion for the game. They learn to overcome their differences while working together to transform a group of angry, unfocused, and otherwise separated players into a winning team of responsible, respectable, and bonded young men. In the process, the team shows the local community how success can be attained when you work as one unit and the character and soul of a person heavily outweighs the color of their skin.
When your prejudice against something you stop it from growing. In the movie Remember the Titans the whites were racist to the blacks, they did not want to know each other, but the problem with this is that if they still carry this on, how can they move forward and work as a team. For example when they had a game Ray would miss a tackle on purpose because he couldn’t get over the fact that he was on a team with the Blacks. My thoughts about being prejudice are that being prejudice is useless and it does not get you anywhere.