'Race' Movie Review

Get the ABC News review of the Jesse Owens biopic.

— -- Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons

Rated PG-13

Three out of five stars

"Race" is a Jesse Owens biopic, focusing on the legendary athlete’s run-up – pun intended -- to the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

Alas, what we get instead is a nice set of performances that are a faint echo of a powerful story -- a black man from a racist America who goes to Nazi Germany to represent that country in the Olympic games, where he destroys Hitler’s master race ideals by winning four gold medals.

Even so, Owens’ story is so inspirational that "Race" still manages, in bits and pieces, to overcome this sanitized, populist narrative.

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