SUN­DAY THE CUP

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

2.50PM, WIN ★★

Top­i­cal, with this year’s Mel­bourne Cup to be run on Tues­day, but the film won’t be re­mem­bered as “the film that stopped a na­tion”. Based on the mov­ing true story of how cham­pion jockey Damien Oliver won the 2002 Mel­bourne Cup, The Cup seems to have po­ten­tial stay­ing power. Oliver fa­mously pi­loted the Ir­ish­trained thor­ough­bred Me­dia Puz­zle to vic­tory less than a week af­ter his older brother, Ja­son, died trag­i­cally in a track mishap. Un­for­tu­nately, The Cup jumps slug­gishly from the bar­ri­ers and finds it­self im­me­di­ately caught up in a ruck of soppy, sim­plis­tic sports movie clichés. By the time the film gets a clear run and un­leashes an im­pres­sive fin­ish­ing burst the race to win over view­ers has al­ready been lost. Stephen Curry stars as Oliver.

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