My family and I recently watched an early screening of the newest Disney+ masterpiece, Safety. I am Jennifer’s 12-year old son and was inspired to write this because of my love for the game. Seeing everything that Ray McElrathBey, played by Jay Reeves, went through in this story made it all the more necessary for someone like myself, a student-athlete, to attempt summarizing this awe-inspiring TRUE story. Read my full Disney+ Safety movie review below.
This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.
Disney+ Safety Movie Review
“Safety” is a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey, a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr.
I’ve played football for more than half my life and it’s pretty safe to say I’m a baller! I think the example Ray Ray set for his little brother was truly inspiring for me, as I am also a big brother of a nine-year-old who can get himself into some trouble from time to time too. So I understand Ray’s frustration at times yet undying love for his brother too. Seeing what Ray went through on and off the field has taught me to shape up and try to be as selfless as he is.
Ray stepped in as the parent to his little brother Fahmarr who not only got in trouble in school but was also associating with gang members while his mother was out of the house. She had been caught in possession of drugs and was arrested. Ray’s only choices were to put his brother into foster care or take Fahmarr himself.
He chose to hide him on campus at Clemson college. Juggling between school life, football, and his brother, he couldn’t do it all himself. He reluctantly accepted help from his roommate and friend Daniel, played by Hunter Sansone. Who’s accent was as on point as the acting itself! Shortly after a few more of his fellow players stepped in to assist Ray too.
Later, it came to a point where he had to make the coaches aware of his situation. They were reluctant to help at first because it could cost the team financial penalties and even losses for doing what he was doing, but in the end, the coaches stepped up and helped too. It was so nice to see that camaraderie.
I recognized Jay Reeves who also had a role in the popular TV series “All American” which I watched full through. The acting never missed a beat and was encapsulating throughout the entire movie.
Overall, this movie is great for family morale and up and coming athletes needing motivation and encouragement like me! The story will inspire many other kids around the world, building them up and not breaking them down like this world can do especially right now.
The story reminds us all of the love many still show for others and encourages more of that. Thanks for reading this Safety movie review, and see you in the next post! “J”