The Program is available in: English on Netflix Southkorea
An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
I think it came at the right time. The recent report says there are lots of athletes around the world from the different sports failed their doping tests. But this story sets around the 15 years ago, which was based on the real sportsperson’s life story. Lance Armstrong, a cyclist from the Texas and his record breaking back to back wins at the ‘The Tour de France’. The film narrates a tale that what he chose to do with the second chance of his life.
A very interesting biopic, but kind of confusing over what kind of revelation the film is. I mean whether inspiring to fight back the disease, especially what he contributed to the poor and orphan cancer patients, or cheating the game to become a fame. So what I think is it has the both positives and negatives. I liked the balanced screenplay, that is very smart for a controversial person like this.
It’s like a modern ‘Robinhood’ tale. But here, he’s not stealing from the rich, instead he cheats the game. Those tricks were unbelievable. That’s not the right thing to do, but that’s what he’s good at. Ben Foster was amazing, I’d seen him doing lots of supporting roles, but for this he’s the posterboy. This film is a great example that the lies cannot go on forever, sooner or later the justice will be done. People hate him and so this film. There are others who like him as well, but I’m neutral and people like me has to go through a hard time to rate it.
The flashily photographed enterprise too often becomes a blur of sound bites and slick aesthetics akin to a Nike commercial.
For a story about incredibly focused determination – and if nothing else, Lance Armstrong had that – the film remains strangely uninvolved.
“The Program” fails to add anything new, or penetrate the soul of so crafty a cheater.