Race follows Jesse Owens, a collegiate track star who was once known as the fastest man alive. He broke several world records all while trying to overcome racism in 1930s United States. The movie focuses on his training and dedication to making it to the Olympics. He runs for Ohio State University and wins almost all the races he is a part of. The goal was to make it to the Olympics, and it was more difficult that you may think for him. One: because he is not a white man, and two: because he has a daughter at home that needs him to put food on the table. With all of this though, Jesse is able to make it to the Olympics.
The Olympics themselves stirred up quite some controversy. The 1930 Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany, during the time that Hitler was rising to power and starting the Holocaust. The United States almost boycotted the Olympics because of the violent racism and prejudice that all of the Nazi's were doing. Once in Berlin, Jesse won every race and jumped farther that any other athlete, collecting many gold medals. This did not sit will with the Nazis. Even though they promised to not show prejudice during the games, they went back on their word and asked that the two jewish runners on the team not compete.
bad. But like most biopics/dramas, it was pretty slow moving and not an exciting watch. I did like learning about what it was like back then, with the whole Nazi Germany and their views during the Olympics. I am actually surprised that the US didn't boycott, for some reason I though that they did, guess I was wrong. Learn something new everyday huh? I'm going to give this movie an "okay" rating, it was very inspiring don't get me wrong, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other Olympic movies we are watching.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"