'Sprinter: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Dale Elliott, Shantol Jackson, Kadeem Wilson, Dennis Titus, Bryshere Y.Gray, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2018) 2020 / Film Rise - MVD Visual)
Overview: A Jamaican teen who is burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother, who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade.
Blu-ray Verdict: Having watched this incredible movie twice now in two days, I can honestly say that at the very heart of it is an empowering and inspirational story that echoes the very essence of what it means to be a Jamaican.
It is so much more than just a "story" for when watched with an open heart and free mind, it most assuredly stirs up a whirlwind within us that soon becomes the desire to endure and overcome anything that life may throw us.
What 'Sprinter' quickly informs us of, is that despite the many struggles that the Jamaican people face, whether it be because of socio economic status or family ties, there is this unrelenting resilience in Jamaican citizens that propels them to overcome, no matter what.
For me, the film captured that perfectly, especially by showcasing the standpoint of Akeem, a youth who is struggling to keep focused despite all the chaos around him.
We watch as Akeem goes through what he does on screen and after a fashion, and some missteps, embraces all the uplifting and inspirational well beings that he so richly deserved.
In closing, 'Sprinter' also showcases a definitive, and positive male relationship that can be had with those around them, if only trust and hope and a willing to rise above can be mustered.
We're shown that in Jamaican society it is actually hard to find a positive male influence and although Germaine, Akeem and their father indeed had their struggles in the beginning, it is beautiful, and fulfilling as a viewer to she how it all turned around for the better. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Sprinter Premiere at The Grove