The acting throughout the film seems well-researched on everyone's part except for Ben Foster (Lone Survivor). Personally I have not seen a lot of Armstrong's press conferences or public appearances, but Foster felt awkwardly placed in the role. The other actors are more authentic and naturally take on their characters. Jesse Plemons (Bridge of Spies) and Chris O'Dowd (Calvary, St. Vincent) really stand out in their roles. Plemons and O'Dowd both create the bridge for the audience to connect with the story and characters. Unfortunately, Foster is not relatable in any sense of the word.
I recall watching a documentary on the Tour de France on an Imax screen quite a few years ago. The Program has very similar camera shots to that documentary. One of the early scenes in the film really struck me as the camera follows a bicyclist on a straight path, moving at the same speed as the bicyclist. The shot is smooth and flowing, as if we are on the bike ride right next to the racer. One other neat convention used is a vertical tilt during a mountain scene. The audience is put on the edge of the mountain with the riders, feeling unstable and insecure. This shot and so many more create a spectacle of adrenaline that kept me in fear of crashing as many of the bikers do at the large race.
The Bottom Line: This film jumps around a lot in a short period of time, feeling unfocused and often unstable. Yet, the cinematography is still a smooth and flowing spectacle.
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