Film Review: 4 Minute Mile (Cam Gigandet & Basinger) Breaking through fear & family to become something else

4 Minute Mile, with Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger, Richard Jenkins, Kelly Blatz & Analeigh Tipton.  Director, Charles-Olivier Michaud.  Honestly, I very seldom will see a film about sports.  They bore me.  Watching real sports or olympic challenges is another matter; but, dramas about such things is trite.  However; I did enjoy this movie for what it was.  A boy’s journey to achieve in order to escape the dead end of his life & family.

Gigandet stars as a villain & is swell as a ne’er-do-well whose younger brother is an innocent & submissive to anything that his family needs to do, to survive.  Though his role is secondary, his is the recognizable name; along with Basinger who portrays a helpless mother, watching the her children spin in place.

The film’s Seattle locations are a bit drab, which was the point.  The cinematography was normal with the focus being challenges each character had to overcome, or fail.

I do recommend the film.  For the most part, it stayed above being ridiculous, except for the last scene.  One can appreciate a meal & forget a dessert’s disappointing presentation.  After all, our guts are full & we’re ready to leave.

Blatz is a new face & he’ll need a greater, more expressive range of head movements – in order to continue on.

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