4 Minute Mile (2014)
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Jeff Van Wie
Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger, Richard Jenkins, Rhys Coiro, Kelly Blatz, Blair Fowler, Ernie Joseph, Matthew Smith, Tom Ricciardelli, Jason Lee Daniel, Grace Arends, Evgueni Petrov, Brian Robertson
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It's the Journey
Favorite Movie Quote: "It's not about the meet. It's not even about the win"
Seattle. And not the tourist area. Drew Jacobs (Kelly Blatz), after winning the biggest race in his 7-year-old life, comes home, only to discover his father has died.
Ten years later, and Drew is still running. He is angry, rebellious but gifted with natural athletic ability and a sharp mind. But is not enough to keep him from being kicked off the varsity track team. But he catches the eye of a former coach (Richard Jenkins), a legendary one, and the only person to coach an athlete - his own son - to break the 4-minute mile.
See where this is going?
There is much angst in Drew's life, which he vents by running - a lot. He gets thrown off the team - he runs. His brother constantly puts him in danger - he runs. His coach, whom he is not sure f he will train him or not - he runs. Ironically, in the worst parts of the film, when he can't process his circumstances, rides public transportation, which he uses only a few times in the film. For the rest of the film - he runs.
4-MINUTE MILE has enough melodrama to do three films. You have the "angry young man," who doesn't know what he really has, and a coach, who wants to drag it out of Drew, if only to do one last thing for the son he lost. In the spirit of ROCKY, Drew is drawn into a life of crime, thanks to his lowlife brother (Cam Gigandet), and Kim Basinger thrown in, basically to the the film some "weight." But the whole dynamics, the thing that propels the film, is the relationship between Drew and his new coach, and like The KARATE KID, uses unorthodox methods to draw out Drew's talent. Drew's "Adrian" is Analeigh Tipton as Lisa, the girl who believes in Drew, "warts and all." Best of all, the performances did not look forced, it was an easy film to watch. But, this being a sports film, specifically, the underdog triumphs formula, the Hollywood Ending is a predictable one - and it isn't.
On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the video now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "3.75," using my Patented Bell Curve for Independent films. 4-MINUTE MILE is good entertainment, and it message is not the usual sports triumph tripe.
4-MINUTE MILE is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence, drinking and drugs, and for smoking and some language.
The film stars Richard Jenkins, Kelly Blatz, Analeigh Tipton, Kim Basinger, Cam Gigandet. Written by Jeff Van Wie and Josh Campbell and directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud, 4-MINUTE MILE is in theaters now.
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