I feel that the film has missed the trick to understand the personality and character of Lance Armstrong, by all acounts one of the most complex, determined, and flawed athletes the world has ever seen. This film is more a chronicle of events, and does very little to ask "why", its just a series of "when" and "hows". As but one example, why is it an admitted drug user and cheat, who has YET to come completely clean about what he did, STILL evokes, for example, feedback from people on this page critisizing the denoument of a "great athlete"? That alone should have been explored more...
From Academy Award nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title Films (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong. Inspired by the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster (Lone Survivor), Chris O’Dowd (Calvary), Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered, while Armstrong convinced the world he was a hero through the most sophisticated doping program the sport had ever seen.
Some good actors and acting in this poorly written, poorly edit film.
I have read the books, seen the various programmes about this period of cycling, so I know the source material - this film adds nothing and is confused, probably due to what appears to be poor editing. The films jumps all over the place. If I were not such a fan of cycling then it would have had 1 star. If you don’t know much about this aspect of Armstrong, then perhaps looks elsewhere first.
Just a film version of david Walsh book. Could have been great. No great cycling, nothing exciting. As a cyclist and tour fan I just had to watch it. Read the book first.
One almost needs the "Armstrong Lie" as an introduction to this movie. And then the latter is much much better - gripping and telling the story well through this brilliant documentary.
"The Program" is slow and dull at times. It doesn't do David Walsh and his pursuit justice.
Not a true description of a great athlete.