The Program (2015) – Movie Review

February 11, 2016 4:01 am by
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Overview

An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

Cast

  • Ben Foster - Lance Armstrong
  • Chris O'Dowd - David Walsh
  • Guillaume Canet - Medecin Michele Ferrari
  • Jesse Plemons - Floyd Landis

Director

  • Stephen Frears

Review

Well made and progresses at a satisfying pace but once it’s finished you won’t remember it. Entirely forgettable.

Armstrong is portrayed as a one dimensional villain with only winning on his mind; because of this I couldn’t feel any sympathy for him whatsoever even though we are shown various scenes relating to his battle with cancer and his return to fitness. His ego seemed too big to be real. If Armstrong is like this in real life then of course it’s a brilliant performance and he’s not a very nice man. Somehow I don’t think this is how he really is and the script wanted a villain. Walsh on the other hand is the whiter than white hero, the knight in shining armour; again, I don’t think it was as clear cut as this. The movie is good v evil behavior and there is no middle ground. I suppose it is based on Walsh’s book so it’s only one side to the story.

So so.

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

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