Cool Runnings

As a gesture for the Olympics in Rio that takes place these days I’ve decided to make an exception and give some attention to the otherwise-not-so-mesmerizing-Olympic-games-film-genre.

I chose this 1993 Jon Turteltaub film because it attracts attention to the Winter Olympics, which, for some reason, hardly receives the same ratings as the Summer Olympics does.
Derice Bannock (Leon Robinson), a track runner, loses his chance to compete in the Olympics after taking a fall. Determined to bring back a medal no matter the sport, Derice, together with his friend, Sanka Coffie (Doug E. Doug), recruit two other persons and make out a team that will compete in the bobsled competition in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Canada. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this sport, it involves a sled, snow, and going down a hill.

Oh, did I mention this dream team comes from Jamaica?

Faced with infinite challenges, including never having seen ice – let alone sliding through it – the team gets to it. They develop their own unique style that brings them just close enough to break the world speed record. They return to Jamaica as heroes after having established the Jamaican place in the Winter Olympics among any other team.
I can’t say much for the acting or the jokes, and the accent seems at times forced, but you must give them credit for the good-spirits they convey. There is a strong sense of positivity which makes this a light and delightful film. It is also loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team’s debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics, in Canada. As such, the story itself is already an interesting one and its impossibility makes it all the more so.


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