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Alex Wallace Cari Brooks English 101 4 October 2011 Coach Carter Review “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” (Coach Carter. Dir.
Thomas Carter. Paramount Pictures, 2005). -Timo Cruz, Coach Carter Timo Cruz’s quote “Our Deepest Fear”, from the movie Coach Carter, is used to answer Coach Ken Carter’s question, “What is your deepest fear? ” This question is one that is repeatedly asked by Carter to the players on the Richmond High basketball team. The players in the movie do not know how to answer this question, nor do they even attempt to. Timo’s words, however, show a great sense of wisdom and reflect on the livelihood of the young men on the Richmond team.Outside of basketball, the players on Coach Carter’s team live very belligerent lives.
Timo Cruz, Junior Battle, and Worm are three guys on the team who do not seem to care about anything other than basketball. They insist on involving themselves in worldly things and as a result also pull the rest of the team down with them; henceforth, the team becomes only focused on one thing, winning. However, Carter has other plans for these boys. In Cruz’s quote we see this statement, “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. ” Coach Carter’s plan is that his players would overcome their fear and become something great.
Timo Cruz is the starting guard for the Richmond Oilers. Throughout the movie we see Timo making decisions that can only lead him down the wrong road. Whether it’s threatening to quit the basketball team, skipping classes, or dealing drugs on the streets of San Francisco, Cruz almost seems determined to fail at life. This is why Timo is able to say that his greatest fear is not that he will be inadequate… because he already has that down pat. He is afraid of being powerful beyond measure because all he has ever known is how to be a failure.Junior Battle is the center of the Richmond Oilers and may well be the most talented player on the team. He understands that his athletic ability is superb, and he knows how well he can play basketball; however, Battle fails to realize the importance of an education.
He cuts classes, and pursues women instead. As opposed to reading, he dunks a basketball instead. Battle doesn’t believe he can be great in the classroom, so he settles to be inadequate instead.
Junior is afraid of applying himself in school and becoming powerful beyond all measure. Worm is one of the very talented players who plays for the Richmond basketball team.Although Worm is a blessed individual on the court, he is not blessed when it comes to that of intellect. He struggles in school, and his surroundings are not of any assistance to him. Those surrounding force him to believe he isn’t meant for greatness, and causes him not to believe in himself. Worm jokes around with his teammates and fails to take many things seriously, because without that mindset his life does not look promising.
Worm is content with being inadequate because he does not believe he can achieve anything better. This, in essence, is the reason Coach Carter asks the question, “What is your deepest fear? To spur the thought that maybe they are capable of achieving something far beyond their wildest dreams. When Coach Carter becomes the head basketball coach of the Richmond Oilers he changes everything; not only does he make the Oilers winners on the court, but he changes the players mindset about life. Carter challenges them to do something they had never dreamed of before, that is, strive for greatness outside of a gym. Coach Carter wants for his players to become powerful beyond all measure. The powerful message of Coach Carter can be seen is Timo Cruz’s leading quote, but cannot truly be understood without seeing the movie for yourself.
The movie shows people from almost impossible situations can still accomplish great things. It is also a refreshing breath of fresh air; to see a sports movie that stresses a powerful message much greater than basketball. Coach Carter may well be one of the greatest movies ever made. It has allowed me to see life from a different perspective and I would personally recommend this movie to anyone… that is, if you don’t mind seeing how one man can inspire a group of individuals to achieve something great, something amazing, even something powerful beyond all measure.