A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete.
The French are disqualified, clearly a English film.
Enjoyed this again. Feel good movie that doesnt require much thought. Very pleasant.
Watched this because I knew Bradley James (Arthur Pendragon from Merlin) was in it, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.
predictable but fun to watch - recapture the Olympic spirt.
I don't think I'm going spoil the film for you, as you've seen it before; it's as typical and cliched as sports/hobby movies come.
We have a girl from an underprivileged background who is a great runner and manages to make her way into the British relay squad, but then struggles to gel with them because unlike her fellow teammate rival, she isn't from a spoilt background.
She quits the team before the Championships, and just as expected, one of the other team members has an injury, so she has no option but to return. Of course the film wasn't going to end without them winning the Championship race, so they do so.... end of film.
What makes the film…
Nothing exciting, cliched straight from the beginning (urban black girl from a broken family against a spoilt middle class white girl) and it's completely predictable. Has some alright moments, I was never excited during it but I wasn't bored either.
I'm pretty sure this was made because of the London Olympics, but I still liked it. It reminded me a lot of Bend It Like Beckham.
Exactly what you expect, but very entertainingly so. My respect for Noel Clarke continues to grow.
A predictable, by the book sports movie with pretty much zero surprises, and a script you could write near word-for-word yourself from the concept. But it's executed with ruthless efficiency, peppered in with some good acting.
The sad truth is that there's a really excellent film to be found here, if they had not played it so cliched. As it is, it's a film that challenges nothing, makes you roll your eyes in many moments, but you'll smile at just enough to get you by.