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May 17, 2016 at 01:10 PM


Carice van Houten as Leni Riefenstahl
Jason Sudeikis as Larry Snyder
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Reviewed by steve_ford53 5 / 10

Runners to your marks: Ready: Set: "RACE"

Maybe not as prominently remembered as he once was, Jesse Owens, was one of those men in history who was able to overcome the many barriers in his life to exemplify greatness. Not only as an athlete, but as a human being.

"RACE" is the story of Jesse Owens(Stephan James) from 1933 through 1936. James Cleveland Owens was born in Alabama and at age 9 moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio. It was in Cleveland where one of his teachers, unable to understand his thick southern accent, thought he was saying his name was Jesse when in fact he had been saying JC. This mistake led to JC being known as Jesse for the rest of his life.

A prominent high school track athlete, Jesse entered The Ohio State University in 1933 and began his NCAA track career under the tutelage of legendary track coach Larry Snyder(Jason Sudeikis). Snyder recognized greatness in Jesse the first time he watched him run and let Jesse know that he would be able to compete and win in the 1936 Olympic Games.

The movie moves from Jesse's life and troubles to Nazi Germany and back again. The story of The Amateur Athletic Union(AAU) and the American Olympic Committee(AOC), struggling with the decision to attend or boycott the games, runs parallel to Jesse's trials, tribulations and his ultimate success.

When the AAU and AOC make the decision to attend the games, the NAACP asks Jesse to refuse to enter. Due to the atrocities being committed against the Jewish population in Germany and the open hatred the Nazis expressed toward other races as well, the NAACP felt Jesse's refusal to attend the games would make a strong statement. The decision to attend the games by Owens turned out to be a much more powerful statement than could ever have been imagined. As the scene unfolded and the representative of the NAACP told Jesse what a strong statement his boycott would make, I was hoping the writer's would have had Jesse respond by saying, "It will be much more meaningful for me to attend the games and come home with the Gold" – or something along that line.

Jesse Owens, to me, has always been one of the larger than life individuals that only come along every so often. The film not only celebrates Jesse Owens' accomplishments, it also emphasizes the wrongs to which people of color had to endure in the United States. Even at a dinner held in Mr. Owens' honor, Jesse and his wife were asked to enter the hotel through the service entrance. The filmmaker's parallel stories of Jesse and Nazi Germany, as they prepare for the games, brings to the forefront the hypocrisy of our American Ideals and what was really happening to many of our citizens. "RACE" is a title that fits well because it not only speaks to Jesse's prominence on the track, but to the relationship between the citizens of this planet.

The story is a worthwhile one. Historical figures like Jesse Owens need to be kept in our memory. However, as great as Jesse Owens was, this was not a great film. At 134 minutes, I felt it was a tad too long. I also felt it dragged somewhat at various times. Although the parallel story of what was happening in Europe at this time in our history is important, I feel to much time was spent on that story and not enough on Mr. Owens.

I recommend seeing this film although I feel the matinée price would be the best option.

Reviewed by Turfseer 5 / 10

This Jesse Owens hagiography can't hold a candle to earlier 1984 TV mini-series

For those young people who know nothing about Jesse Owens, the star track and field athlete of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, "Race" fills in the basic facts about Owens' life at that time. Director Stephen Hopkins, working from a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, creates what amounts to a hagiography, starring a miscast Stephan James in the title role.

The problem with the whole project is that it only focuses on Owens' glory days—first preparing for the Olympics at Ohio State University under the tutelage of his college coach, Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis has almost as much screen time as James in the role of Owens)—and then moving on to his great victories at the Olympic Games.

Unfortunately, the Jesse Owens story AFTER his great accomplishments at the Olympics, is much more interesting than the story told here. Watching Race, one can only conclude that Owens' principal flaw was his weakness for other women. Owens' childhood sweetheart, Ruth, is the woman he eventually married. But once he became a big college track star, he was seduced by a society girl of sorts, Quincella, which caused a good deal of friction between him and his bride-to-be. They eventually reconcile, and Race's chronicle of the conflict between Jesse and Ruth is perhaps the most compelling part of the picture.

Stephan James unfortunately cannot get a handle on what Owens was like as a man, not only because of the limitations of the script but because James doesn't look or sound like the real Owens. Much more successful was Dorian Harewood as Jesse Owens in the 1984 TV mini-series entitled "The Jesse Owens Story." Harewood plays Owens as a much more easy-going good guy, sometimes naïve and taken advantage of by others. James, on the other hand, exudes a much more modern sensibility, and sometimes comes off as a militant, irked by a racist society that won't acknowledge his accomplishments.

Unlike Race, The Jesse Owens story begins with a probation officer preparing a pre-sentence report on Owens during the late 60s, after he's charged with tax evasion. Instead of the proud militant who has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, the real Jesse Owens was often labeled an "Uncle Tom" by other African- Americans for supposedly "collaborating" with the white power structure. There a scene in the 1984 mini-series where Owens is castigated by his own family for representing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who asked him to extract an apology from the two black Olympians who raised their fists during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.

The 1984 series also goes into much more detail as to the racist encounters Owens had to endure throughout his life. And Avery Brundage, the head of the IOC, is not only portrayed as more of a racist than he's depicted in the current film, but Owens calls him out in a nicely acted scene in the mini-series.

There's much more about Owens that we don't get to see here but do find out about in the mini-series--and that's disappointing. There's the story about the paper bag full of $10,000 cash which was supposedly tossed into Owen's car as he rode in a ticker-tape parade in NYC after the Olympics. Harewood as Owens in the TV series admits that he got the cash from political operatives representing the 1936 Presidential candidate, Alf Landon. It's well known that Owens was basically a Republican for most of his life and resented the fact that President Roosevelt failed to congratulate him for winning the four gold medals at the Olympics.

More shocking vignettes including Owens agreeing to run against race horses down in Cuba after failing to secure a decent job to support his family. Owens was also forced to resign as a City Commissioner in Detroit after insinuations (later proved untrue) that he did some dirty work for Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters. Eventually Owens was able to convince the Probation Officer that he deserved a second chance, and he was only fined by the Federal Judge for charges of tax evasion. He went on to earn a living as a public speaker and died young at 67, from lung cancer (surprisingly Owens had a three pack a day cigarette habit).

Race manages to handle the actual track and field events at the Olympics more impressively than the less technically proficient scenes (filmed in black and white) in the 1984 mini-series. Owens' relationship with the German track star, Carl "Luz" Long, is done nicely in both the current film and the previous TV series, and other controversial subjects are covered in both--including the Nazis' propaganda campaign against the Jews (shut down before the games at the request of the IOC) and the dismissal of the two Jewish athletes in the 4x100 meter sprint relay (whom Owens and another black athlete replaced).

Race keeps things interesting by introducing Leni Riefensthal (of "Triumph of the Will" fame) who filmed the 1936 Olympics at the behest of Nazi propaganda minister, Josef Goebbels. Unfortunately here, Goebbels is played as a stock villain by Barnaby Metschurat.

If you know nothing about Jesse Owens, this film is a basic primer. As an athlete, Owens' accomplishment were extraordinary. But there's much more to his personality than depicted here. Why not watch "The Jesse Owens Story"? You can find it on Youtube for free!

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 8 / 10

I know you can run. Can you win?

This is the Jesse Owens (Stephen James) story starting in Cleveland as he bids farewell to his baby mamma and child as he heads off to Ohio State. It ends in Berlin.

What I enjoyed best was Leni Riefenstahl (Carice van Houten) who was instructed by Hitler to film the 1936 Olympics and did so in spite of Herr Gobbels (Barnaby Metschurat). While the film has the expected feel good chest swell due to the subject matter, I never was able to connect to the main character. While some say Stephan James "nailed it" and that may be true, I didn't feel all the issues he had to face, perhaps because he was accepted them quietly and timing his outbursts.

No swearing sex, or nudity. Did people use "hell" on the radio, and did they say "good luck with that?" BTW Germany got the most medals in the 1936 Olympics.

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