Whenever we are reminded of the appalling treatment of the blacks in USA, as recent as early 21st century, we are faced with the sobering fact that how much discrimination is still prevalent today.
This film focuses on that and uses the open abuse of the Jews in Germany as a comparison. The back drop of the pre Second World War tension and the ambition and discipline of a young athlete makes for a remarkable story.
Everything is recreated brilliantly, the nuances are realistic and subtle. There is no resorting to the over dramatic, points are made loud and clear in few lines and fewer gestures. Amongst the cast, Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis leave a lasting impression, whilst a large supporting cast play their role well.
Director Stephen Hopkins (of Ghost and the darkness fame) has handled a multi layered tricky subject very well, with authenticity and sincerity.