50 to 1 (2014)
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as Chip Woolley
as Mark Allen
as Leonard "Doc" Blach
as Bob Baffert
as Sheikh Al Maktoum
as Bill Woolley
Critic Reviews for 50 to 1
The true-life horse-racing tale "50 to 1" takes forever to get galloping - and when it finally does, it's too little too late.
If "50 to 1" were about 15 minutes shorter, all of this might have made for a passable diversion. As it is, "50 to 1," much like Mine That Bird, flags before reaching the finish line.
Wilson has owned and raced horses for years and once had a 190-acre ranch in California. And he has made the kind of film he might have seen as a kid, one where patience and hard work get rewarded at the 11th hour.
Though infinitely more real than the symbolically bloated Seabiscuit of over a decade ago, 50 to 1 never completely gets under the skin of horse racing.
Earnest but cliche-ridden...you're left with the feeling you've seen it all many times before, and needn't have seen it again.
Audience Reviews for 50 to 1
9/15/16 Netflix DVD Certainly not the best horse racing movie I ever saw but it was a fun, entertaining and an uplifting story, even knowing the results. Would have enjoyed seeing a little more on the horse as the film was more about the people, but that is a miner complaint.
In addition to having none of its actual conflict sourcing from the horse or horse racing, it retreads the familiar story arc from other films like "Seabiscuit" and "Secretariat," but unlike those films, "50 to 1" leaves little to no lasting impression.
It's funny how the "critics" hated this movie but the general public loved it. It was an honest portrayal of true life...not a bunch of contrived BS, over-the-top violence, endless chase scenes and computer generated special effects. I found the movie to be real and moving. I am so fed up with the majority of films these days. This one was a refreshing change.
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