Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice Van Houten and William Hurt - Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man's fight to become an Olympic legend.
|Release Date||:||February 19, 2016|
|Production Company||:||Forecast Pictures, Solofilms, JoBro Productions & Film Finance, Trinity Race|
|Production Countries||:||Canada, Germany|
|Writers||:||Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse|
|Casts||:||Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons, Amanda Crew, William Hurt, David Kross, Eli Goree, Giacomo Gianniotti, Jonathan Aris, Jon McLaren, Moe Jeudy-Lamour, Shamier Anderson, Shanice Banton, Tim McInnerny, Nina Lauren, Jesse Bostick, Tim Post, Barnaby Metschurat, Larry Day, Arthur Holden, Karl Graboshas, Jeff Burrell, Anthony Sherwood, Alexander Yassin, Jonathan Higgins, Jaa Smith-Johnson, Jeremy Ferdman, Bruno Bruni Jr., Steffen Mennekes, Manuel Sinor, Chantel Riley, Daniel Harroch, Marc Primeau, Dondre Octave, Ricky Watson, Milo Larratt, Gaetan Normandin, Julien Boissaud, Andrea Carter, Nikoma T. Beermann, Francois Hugo Turgeon, Karen Belfo, Chris Theisinger|
|Plot Keywords||:||biography, sport, historical figure, nazi germany, racism, african american, olympics, track and field|
Review: I really enjoyed this Jesse Owens biopic, which shows how he won his many Gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, under heavy racial tension from the Germans but I was hoping to see more about the man himself, who was truly an amazing athlete. Jesse Owens is played by Stephan James, who leaves the streets of Cleveland Ohio, and goes Ohio State to pursue his dreams to become a track and field star, with his close friend Dave Albritton (Eli Goree). Meanwhile Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis) is having problems as the coach at Ohio State, because he hasn't had an national win since he has arrived, so his job is on the line and he isn't impressed with the daily candidates, who lead to nothing. After watching Owens train, and being very impressed with his times, he decides to take Owen under his wing and he shows him the ropes of becoming a star. Behind the scenes, Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons) is fighting to allow Black and Jewish competitors at the Olympics but with the racist political views from Hitler and his assistants, it takes some time for Avery to convince the Germans that it would make a better games if they are allowed to compete. Anyway, once the games eventually get going, Jesse Owens smashes loads of records and wins numerous gold medals for his country. Its a truly great achievement for a black man, in that day and age, and the relationship between Owens and Snyder was quite emotional. I would have liked to have seen some more depth to the characters but apart from that, it's an entertaining movie which portrays a time in sports, which changed the game forever. Enjoyable!
Round-Up: Personally, I think that this movie needed a top director to bring the intense emotion across to the big screen but Jamaican born Stephen Hopkins done a decent job. His previous titles include A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Predator 2, which wasn't close to the first movie, Judgement Night, Blown Away, The Ghost in the Darkness, Lost In Space, Tube Tales, Under Suspicion, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and The Reaping in 2007, starring Hilary Swank. He has also worked on numerous TV series like, 24, House of Lies, Californication, Shameless and the Unusuals, so he has quite a decent portfolio to date. With so much information available about Jesse Owens achievements, this movie seemed a bit safe, but with that aside, it's great that he brought this amazing story to light. I would have liked to have seen a top actor play the main role, like Will Smith did with Ali but that's not to say that Stephan James didn't do a good job. Although this film made a decent profit, it would be good to see a BIG budget version of Jesse Owens life, because it's truly an inspiring story that a lot of people can learn from.
Budget: $5million Worldwide Gross: $25million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their biography/history/dramas, starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Carice van Houten, David Kross, Shanice Banton, Tim McInnerny and Glynn Turman. 5/10