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Moneyball

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Fiona Purnell

I’M not usually a fan of sports films, but this one is somehow different.

It’s not all about the sport and the team, but much more about people taking calculated risks.

And don’t fret if, like me, you’re not really into baseball - it’s still a good and easy watch.

Based on a true story, ‘Moneyball’ follows the unconventional tactics employed by Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) general manager of cash-strapped baseball team Oakland Athletics.

After losing some key players to the Major League, he tries to rebuild his club by enlisting the help of Yale economics graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) to devise a player selection system based on a sophisticated statistical analysis of each players’ skill.

As you’d expect, the pair come up against resistance from some, including the media, but then the club begins a winning streak with a side of inexpensive players.

This is an incredible tale with some fine acting and a great script, written by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Social Network’.

Both Pitt and Hill put in strong, believable performances making their characters extremely likeable.