The Program

ProgramChris O’Dowd plays an Irish sports journalist who 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 (Ben Foster). (R – 103 minutes)

It is perhaps apropos that a movie about bicycling suffers from the defect of often racing forward faster than moviegoers can keep up. That is to say that, in order to cover the ground of the many years Lance Armstrong duped by doping, “The Program” jumps ahead through time leaving viewers feeling a bit fatigued. Having said that, the biographical drama is well worth the fast-pedaling as it effectively paints a very sobering picture of a smug and self-righteous man. Ben Foster is fantastic while director Stephen Frears extracts an excellent amount of emotional vexation, making for an adequately compelling motion picture.

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