Port Adelaide’s decision to use a blockbuster Hollywood film about building a nuclear bomb as motivation for the Brisbane Lions’ AFL final showdown has been criticized as “tasteless”.
- Port Adelaide’s method of inspiration before the game was left field
- Take on the Brisbane Lions in the AFL qualifying final on Saturday night
- Power coach Ken Hinkley said teamwork and shared goals are key
Port Adelaide’s bizarre decision to take inspiration from a controversial Hollywood film about the construction of an atomic bomb that ended the Second World War has been heavily criticized by footy fans online.
It follows star midfielder Ollie Wines was asked if the Power had addressed any motivational issues ahead of Saturday night’s qualifying final against Brisbane at the Gabba.
Wines’ answer – the film Oppenheimer – raised many eyebrows.
“It’s a bit about how much work goes into something,” Wines told SEN Radio this week.
“So many people have to come together and work hard for several years…”[in terms of our team]This finals campaign isn’t something that’s been built just this year – it’s probably been built over the last four years.
Port Adelaide’s bizarre decision to take inspiration from a Hollywood film about the construction of an atomic bomb that ended the Second World War has been heavily criticized by footy fans online (Pictured: Power coach Ken Hinkley)
“The general understanding of the film is that a lot of people are coming together and working hard to achieve a common goal, which for us is hopefully a premiership.”
Astonished football fans couldn’t believe Port’s method of inspiration from left field.
“Maybe they want to watch the movie a few more times because this is a terrible attitude and incredibly insensitive to thematic issues,” one person wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
Another posted: “It sounds a bit shady to be inspired by a biopic about the development of a nuclear weapon that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.”
A third declared: “The atomic bomb!!” Seriously??? Torn apart more than it brought together.’
After an avalanche of criticism, Power coach Ken Hinkley said the collective focus was on teamwork under pressure.
Hinkley was also annoyed that movie star J. Robert Oppenheimer was an inappropriate role model for his playgroup.
Star midfielder Ollie Wines said the central theme emerging from the Oppenheimer film was teamwork
Brisbane ($1.50) has a strong chance of defeating Ken Hinkley’s Port Adelaide ($2.70) in Saturday’s AFL qualifying final on home soil
“Every club has a particular motto they can use at this time of year,” he told reporters before boarding a flight to Brisbane.
“The most important thing about it, as I think Ollie explained incredibly well, is that it’s just a little story about how people had to come together over a long period of time to work really hard on one thing to get a result .”
“We were on this task [winning a flag] for a good period of time – four or five years.”
Hinkley later admitted that he had not seen the film himself.
Brisbane ($1.50) has a chance to beat Port Adelaide ($2.70) on home soil. The first shot takes place at 7:25 p.m. – the winner advances to the preliminary final.