British director Stephen Frears loves a scandal. He revels in discovering what makes humans tick, lie and cheat, and in focusing his lens on Lance Armstrong, he has one helluva juicy subject. The Program is an impeccably-performed, well-oiled machine of a movie. As brisk and bracing as a bike ride itself.
When Sunday Times sports journalist David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd) suspects Tour De France champion and American sporting hero Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster) of doping, he becomes obsessed with revealing the truth about the revered athlete and the sport of cycling itself.