Athletes of Fire
Shania (Lenora Crichlow) has not had the luxuries of most but she has worked hard to become a very talented runner with great potential. But Lisa (Lily James) is equally talented, except she has a more privileged childhood than Shania. With both having a desire to be the best they immediately become rivals and often clash which isn't good when they end up on the same relay team.
The year was 2012 and the Olympics were coming to the UK and lo and behold we had a British sports movie about athletes to go with it. Of course this all made sense as why not tap in to an interest in athletics with a sports movie but it doesn't necessarily mean that "Fast Girls" was needed. Oh there is nothing wrong with it but at the same time nothing you won't have seen a million times before in any other sports movie.
So strip away the fact it is a British sports movie which is one of its unique selling points as there is not that many and all we have is the typical sporting combo of underdog and rivalry. So Shania and Lisa don't get on, they have class issues amongst other things but of course to succeed need to get over themselves and work as a team. There are some subplots to all of this with what feels like an obligatory romantic subplot which adds nothing to the movie other than it pads it out. What I am really saying is that "Fast Girls" won't deliver anything which you won't have come across before right down to Phil Davis playing Shania's coach, a very typical sort of working class character.
But "fast Girls" has one thing going for it, that is energy. The actors deliver energetic performances, the action has a nice amount of energy about it and the soundtrack is perky enough so that you never feel like it is letting up. It is a good thing because you end up swept along on a tide of enthusiasm and energy more than the actual story and what happens.
What this all boils down to is that "Fast Girls" is entertaining but nothing you won't have seen before except this time it is a British sports movie.