Based on the scandal that rocked the world of sports, The Program offers an engaging controversial tale that hopes to shed a light on who the notorious Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is, the issue that doomed his career, and the man who did everything to expose him.
The docudrama follows Lance Armstrong near the beginning his cycling career, an unknown day racer who has not made a name for himself yet. This is where David Walsh, a journalist for the Sunday Times noticed Armstrong mainly because of his physique that is somewhat well built for a day racer. However, the bulk of the film also focuses on Walsh’s turbulent endeavour of digging up Armstrong’s dirty secrets and proving that he is guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs.
The film itself is actually a film adaptation of Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. The film has successfully shared Walsh’s struggles in proving the truth, up to the point of vindication where Armstrong was indeed found guilty, stripping him of all his trophies in Tour De France.
It is directed by Stephen Frears, who is famous for his movies such as My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters, Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen, High Fidelity, and Philomena. The film has also been critically acclaimed for the casts’ stellar portrayal of their roles, most especially Ben Foster (The Laramie Project, The Punisher, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Messenger, Lone Survivor, 3:10 to Yuma) who played Lance Armstrong eerily well. Along with Foster in the cast are Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Thor: The Dark World, St. Vincent) who took on the role of David Walsh, Guillaume Canet as Michele Ferrari, Jesse Plemons as Floyd Landis, and many more. Watch The Program online free and witness history again in the form of a film that will show you that lies can be buried and honor will never be achieved by cheaters.