RACE- Latest English Movie
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Cast : Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton, Carice Van Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Barnaby Metschurat, David Kross
The movie Race is the inspirational biopic of the legendary runner Jesse Owens who won 4 Gold medals in the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Jesse Owens’s role is essayed by Stephen James, who does a very commendable job portraying the great man (Stephen James is the same age that Jesse Owens was at that time, by the way)
His personal life is difficult as he has to fight racial discrimination through out to make it as the fastest man on earth. The movie makes us realise the many indignities the coloured people has to face in the real world in the past and present – Spectators screaming insults at him while competing, different entrance for him in hotels even when he is the chief guest. The many barriers he has to overcome makes his triumph all the more inspiring and brilliant
His coach Larry Snyder and his girlfriend and later wife, Ruth Solomon supports him all the way. The movie does not show Jesse as a perfect human being but realistically shows his faults and thus endears himself to us as a real man who is very committed to sports and his family.
The visual effects in the movie make the period come alive. A great story told with enough drama and special effects and great performance by the lead actors make this low budget movie (5 million ) a must watch.