4 Minute Mile ★★½

Kelly Blatz is reasonably convincing playing Drew, a Seattle high-school track runner embroiled in family troubles. He's fatherless with a bad seed older brother (Cam Gigandet), who insists on involving Drew as a runner in his nefarious deals. An old, washed up and alcoholic ex-track coach (Richard Jenkins, quite good here), who lost his track star son years before, decides to help train Drew to be a champion miler. That is the set-up for a sports coming-of-age drama where every plot development follows a familiar and predictable course. Kim Basinger is wasted as Drew's widowed mother, having nothing to do but show concern. Blatz has a runner's body and a certain charisma, but his dour and passive character makes him hard to root for as hero.