Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall
When wealthy John du Pont invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics, Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave. However, du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark road, causing the athlete's self-esteem to slip. Meanwhile, du Pont becomes fixated on bringing Dave into the fold, eventually propelling all three toward an unforeseen tragedy.
This movie is based on a true story and events. That would normally make me really like this movie. I love a true story, but this one did not deliver at all. This is just my opinion, but this was one of the slowest movies that I have seen. I was just disappointed in this movie.
The story was okay. I am a fan of Olympic stories, especially when there is a tragedy involved. When this movie came out, I was looking forward to seeing it. The movie just dragged on and on at a snail's pace. It seemed the story and the scenes lasted forever, and all you wanted them to do was to end.
The cast was okay. Steve Carell was good, if John du Pont always seemed like he just had a stroke. Every single line of dialogue looked and sounded as if he was taking his last breathe. If this is how John du Pont really was then he was great at his performance. Channing Tatum looked like he was asleep with his eyes open, or he just had a concussion. It looked like there was nothing going on upstairs. Mark Ruffalo plays Dave Schultz, the only decent character in the whole movie. Most of the characters in this movie suck. You would not want to be around any of them.
I was just really disappointed in this movie. The pace was just terrible. There are so many dead spots in the movie where nothing is going on. There are shots of nothing with no sound. They just worked too hard to make this an arty dramatic movie. They needed to stop. I watch it, so you don't have to.
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