The Program (2015) - Biography, Drama, Sport

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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.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 5 out of 51 found boring (9.8%)

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), and our co-star journalists' story is practically empty.

Good performances not withstanding, since Ben Foster does an intense job at playing the star cyclist.

It is definitely a bit boring.

The film's worth watching if you're particularly interested in Lance Armstrong.

Instead we end up with Lance going the Reefer Madness route after taking a hit of EPO before a confusing set of events forces him to confess.

Entertaining Expose .

Falls short of its potential but still mostly entertaining.

The second half of the movie is more compelling.

Anyone who has seen Alex Gibney's excellent The Armstrong Lie knows that there's an extra side to the story, and a compelling third act that The Program isn't interested in digging through.

Better watch the fascinating, shocking documentary " Stop at nothing", which shows in great detail a side of Lance Armstrong that is truly scary, because this man has lied to hundreds of millions of people, right into their face.

A very interesting biopic, but kind of confusing over what kind of revelation the film is.

The film deftly portrays how this drive for success dragged him, like quicksand, into the world of illicit doping.

The awful Lance Armstrong deception in an entertaining and faithful biopic.

To me it is possibly the dullest sport known to man, and I couldn't care less about the athletes and what they're doing.

The movie itself was entertaining enough.

They would have made it a more action intense and smarter film than the piece of whining military propaganda Eastwood turned it into, while still being sympathetic to the hero/anti-hero.

"The Program" (2015) was very entertaining movie, that told true story about fall from grace.

Not bad, but a bit boring, because the actual facts and documentary about the doping fraud are much more fascinating than this movie.

Having said all that I really enjoyed it.

Once you see the extents that Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster), goes through to win and the way that journalist David Walsh (Chris O'Dowd) is trying to prove that his, somewhat superhuman racing skills had come out of nowhere, this movie is quite intense throughout and the performances are very believable.

This is a pretty interesting biopic, with strong performances across the board and a pretty engaging story.

I would re-iterate that The Program did present an interesting story and made it dramatic enough to be entertaining.

What went into that is much more fascinating than the story given, of a man who found a pharmacist and then hid it.

Watch the documentaries instead, this is a waste of time.

I wonder what's the point of watching this movie, when the real story, portrayed in the news and in a fascinating documentary is much more exciting.

It's not a terribly well-made movie, and the pace at which they moved through the events didn't allow the weight of each occurrence to sink in as well as it might have otherwise, but I found it to be an entertaining and digestible representation of the whole affair.

It chose to take a very dry and almost reenactment-style approach.

It is not a bad movie, it is just a bit boring.

Director Stephen Frears ("The Queen", "Philomena") directs, and wisely chooses to keep the film to a compact and entertaining 103 minutes.

Overall, a movie that is entertaining and very much worth seeing even though everyone knows what happened.

The life and times of bike racing legend turned exposed drug cheat extraordinaire Lance Armstrong will forever and a day make for an intriguing and shocking story and while Philomena and The Queen director Stephen Frear's feature exploring the 'program' that Armstrong and his racing team developed to systematically rout the system is insightful, it's still a rather cold and strangely structured piece that gets us no closer to knowing who Armstrong really was or what made him into the figure he is today.

Walsh's crusade is more compelling.

Overall i thought it was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and although the film didn't reveal any new information i still enjoyed its perspective on the Lance Armstrong case.

Very entertaining .

Acting by Ben Foster was amazing, maybe a little too intense.

The story is so gripping!

It's a shame, for the most part, that Foster tries too hard for too little payoff, almost desperately searching for Oscar clips, but it's John Hodge's screenplay that ultimately lets him down hard, indulging in trite lines that stick out.

But I really enjoyed it.

The documentary " Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story", is much more riveting and shocking than Stephen Frear's version of the doping scandal.

I really felt we should have seen more of the journalist pursuing the star type of film which would have made it a great and enjoyable watch.