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Race (2016)
« on: October 15, 2016, 05:32:39 pm »

I'm an Olympic nut and this was a no-brainer for something I had to see. Race is about Jesse Owens and his Olympic domination in Berlin during the rise of Nazi Germany. I don't know how faithful everything is in the film compared to real life, but I get the sense that it's pretty accurate. The only reason why I suspect some liberties were taken is because of stuff that I didn't even know about until watching the film. There is an account of Hitler's snub of Owens in the film contradicts Owen's own words of the event in question. The movie isn't perfect, but the one thing it has going for it is that it looks and feels authentic. The first 2/3 of the movie may be a bit too slow for people. But it does get better as it goes along. Of course the best part of the film is the 3rd act during Owen's Olympic races and in particular, his friendship with Carl "Luz" Long, a German athlete that deified Hitler by befriending him in plain sight of the dictator. Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, David Kross and Carice van Houten were all great in this. Definitely worth a Rent.
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