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.