Children of Glory
Time Out says
Sounds like there’s a movie in there somewhere, but unfortunately it’s this stodgy offering, marking a return to his Magyar roots for ‘Basic Instinct’ scribe Joe Eszterhas. Indeed, there’s more than a touch of Hollywood, as stock characters (the self-interested water polo star swept up in revolutionary fervour, the sexy female partisan he falls for, the creepy, avuncular police interrogator) forge a familiar path through oppression and self-sacrifice.
The Budapest locations are authentic, but everything else feels generic, the cast adequate, and director Krisztina Goda struggles to wring much excitement from the big games. The inherent interest-factor in the material keeps us watching, but you can’t help feeling a half-decent doc would have done more justice to this true story of stirring heroism on the streets and in the Olympic pool.
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