GET ALL PATRIOTIC WITH THIS FEEL GOOD BRITISH FLICK. BUT READ OUR REVIEW FIRST.
So what’s it about then?
Streetwise Shania makes it on to The British Relay team by being a super-quick runner – but her background and feisty attitude mean that she struggles to get on with snooty, privileged team mate Lisa – and a fierce rivalry develops.
Will the girls pull it together in time to win Gold at the athletic championships?
Anyone good in it?
This film is all about the best of British – and the cast is no different! Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Sugar Rush) plays Shania, while Bradley James (Merlin) stars as Shania’s love interest and physical trainer Carl.
Further British talent includes Lily James, Lorraine Burroughs, Dominique Tipper and Noel Clarke. Woo!
If it won any Oscars they would be for…
PROMOTING GIRL POWER. This a film packed with strong female role models – who know what they want and how to get it. What could be more inspiring?
The film is also brilliantly authentic - the track, scummy estates, dingy club and middle-class world of Lisa all feel totally realistic, and not at all Hollywood-ised. Yeah, we know that's not a word.
But these bits should have been left on the cutting room floor:
If you're not in to slightly predictable type films then this probably isn't for you. But overall it's well-paced, a good length - and a lot of fun!
Nope, no manly torso flashes in this flick, sorry girls. But there’s more than enough toned-abs on display – those girls are FIT.
Don’t panic though, you’ll still get your fill of man-candy. We were a massive fan of Carl’s floppy blonde fringe and serious eyes, while trainer Tommy aint half bad to look at either.
Actual ‘ohmygod I nearly wet myself laughing’ bits?
Shania puking her guts up after running a race while suffering from a banging hangover had us chuckling a lot, but we think that makes us mean people. Generally an uplifiting film – so expect to leave with a smile on your face.
Face-covering from fear bits?
Not fear exactly, but sheesh are those race scenes tense! We found ourselves honest-to-god rooting for the girls, willing them to run faster. Yep, we did get very involved. Just trust us, there’s some nail-biting moments.
Notes from the fashion police:
The outfits in this film revolve around lycra, lycra and more lycra. Ok there’s a few sporty tracksuits thrown in – and some jazzy evening outfits for one scene. But little crop tops and tiny running shorts are the order of the day. Let's hope the trend doesn't catch on.
Music maestros will love:
The all-British soundtrack, featuring the likes of Labrinth, Emeli Sande, Example and EJ and Madeon.
CRY-O-METER, what goes down?
Who knew sport could be so emotional? Yeah OK, our boyfriend cries every time England get knocked out of the World Cup, but he's a wimp. Definitely felt ourselves welling up at points - but in a happy way.
After watching this, on the manly-man scale (of Louis Tomlinson – Sylvester Stallone) we felt like:
Forget manly, we felt like freakin’ Kelly Holmes.
Final verdict: (OMG = amazing, LOL = funfest, MEH = would maybe watch again if nothing at all was on, FML = never, ever again)
LOL: definite funfest that will leave you feeling great, and wanting to get on your trainers and hit the track. Until you get home and hit the sofa that is.