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A by-the-numbers tale of inspiration through perspiration.
4 Minute Mile at least has the decency to acknowledge that it's aware of its underdog sports-movie clichés, especially the ones that made The Karate Kid such an '80s classic.
Even if the story itself has been around the track a couple of times, veterans like these know how to bring it safely home.
More than one interior scene looks underlit for effect,but that's at least something else to think about as the film goes through its paces.
It's a moving, if occasionally heavy-handed, sports drama that deserves a wider audience than it is probably going to find in its limited release.
A finely written and directed sports drama with a lead performance by rising star Kelly Blatz so deep and affecting it often evokes Timothy Hutton's Oscar-winning turn in "Ordinary People."
A lazily derivative underdog sporting yarn, 4 Minute Mile treads tired ground.
This earnest redemption drama fails to go the distance with sentimental tendencies and trite lessons of perseverance.
Even with Richard Jenkins's strong turn as a grizzled mentor and ex-athlete, 4 Minute Mile is a limp sports drama that fails to be inspirational or inspired.
There's a similar redolence to 4 Minute Mile overall-the odor of a hard-working but underachieving movie that's 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
Has the capacity to explore some compelling areas of doubt, but the screenplay by Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie goes overboard in an attempt to secure tears.
4 Minute Mile is watchable thanks to Richard Jenkins, but its overall blandness and familiarity will cause it to evaporate from your memory in a flash.
An overall semi good-ish running movie.
I hated Cam Gigandet's character, Kelly Blatz is okay, but the one who gives it a bit depth is Richard Jenkins. The back story of Jenkin's character would have been good to know, specially how he lost his son and why, why the injury on the leg and so on.
So, inconsistencies here and there, but not totally bad, just a bit cliched, but what can you do with these types of movie...
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