Friday, April 24, 2015

Marathon (2005)

IMDb plot summary: This hit inspirational movie follows an autistic young man, who finds solace only in running. Even though both Mother and son suffer from family and financial issues, they manage to find a former marathon champion -- now a lethargic old man - to serve as his coach for an upcoming marathon.
Directed by Yool-Chul Chung. Starring Seung-woo Cho, Mi-suk Kim, Gi-yeong Lee, and Seong-hyeon Baek.

This is a nice little movie that worked better as individual scenes than as a full film. For one thing, it's a bit long, and that leaves it feeling a bit stretched. But there are some truly lovely moments in here, especially in the second half of the film, if maybe a tad bit sentimentalized. Those moments are great and help to cement the whole thing. I only wish all of it had grabbed me the way those few moments did. Worth a watch, but I'm not sure I'll feel as strongly about it six months from now.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Marathon > Videodrome
Marathon < Argo
Marathon < Munich
Marathon > Tarzan
Marathon > Flypaper
Marathon < Ramona and Beezus
Marathon > Sunday in the Park with George
Marathon < John Dies at the End
Marathon > Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Marathon > Selma
Marathon < The Last Unicorn
Final spot: #928 out of 2349.

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