Michael Rainey Jr. in Trailer for Basketball Film 'Amateur' from Netflix

March 20, 2018
Source: YouTube

Amateur Trailer

"The whole thing's rigged against the people it should be helping the most." Netflix has released an official trailer for the indie film titled simply just Amateur, the feature debut of writer/director Ryan Koo, also known as the founder of the film website No Film School. Koo's Amateur is about a 14-year-old basketball phenom named who struggles to fit in with his new team after a video of him goes viral. He also discovers a system of corruption and greed in amateur sports. Michael Rainey Jr. (from "Orange Is the New Black", "Power", and Barbershop: The Next Cut) plays Terron, and the cast includes Josh Charles, Brian White, Corey Parker Robinson, and Sharon Leal. This looks intense, and a bit depressing (how rigged it all is).

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ryan Koo's Amateur, direct from Netflix's YouTube:

Amateur Film Poster

Talent and hard work won't matter if the game is playing the system. After he's recruited to an elite prep school, a 14-year-old basketball phenom (Michael Rainey Jr.) is confronted by corruption and greed in amateur sports. Amateur is both written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Ryan Koo, making his feature directorial debut adapting his own short film of the same name (watch here). Koo is also the founder and CEO of the website No Film School. This hasn't premiered at any film festivals yet. Netflix will release Koo's Amateur streaming exclusively starting April 6th, coming up fast. First impression? Your thoughts?

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Something is wrong with the society if sport is the way to secure an education ...

shiboleth on Mar 20, 2018


Haven't moved much further than the days of the gladiators.

Carpola on Mar 20, 2018


Unfortunately and disgracefully ... I don't have anything against Americans, but they sometimes look like they suffer from some version of social and cynical autism. Too many people over there suffer from that ...

shiboleth on Mar 21, 2018


Please elaborate.."social and cynical autism"?

kitano0 on Mar 21, 2018


Well, there must be some understanding of those words, can't be that hard. It is a diagnosis, maybe even an acute one, if nothing else ...

shiboleth on Mar 21, 2018


I understand the words, thanks. I don't understand your usage of them.

kitano0 on Mar 21, 2018


How come? It doesn't take some semantic marvel and high intellectual proficiency in understanding these words and their usage ...

shiboleth on Mar 22, 2018


Ahh, what perfect timing. Hope we get MANY more films like this, reguardless of quality, continuing to show what an absolute joke and scam the NCAA money laundering scheme truly is. And of course the pro leagues that force its players to take part in it.

JohnDoeB on Mar 20, 2018

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