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Subtitled: Le Mans 66

James Mangold

Racing cars for a living may be a noble pursuit or absolute folly but it sure as hell is exciting. In this follow-up to his superb Marvel reinvention Logan, director James Mangold tells the tale of real-life superheroes Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. Mavericks of the first order, Shelby and Miles commandeered the resources of the mighty Ford Motor Company in the 1960s to go head-to-head with the gods of Italian auto racing. With standout performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale, this story is pure adrenaline fuelled drama.

" will feel as if you are sitting right in the driver's seat."

In the world of international racing heading into the 1960s, nobody could touch Ferrari, the ultimate fast carmakers. Le Mans 66 follows the determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver, the eccentric Ken Miles (Bale) who took on the challenge. Dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), the unlikely duo are tasked with building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

Mangold has combined the talents of his cast and craftspeople to deliver a dazzling rush of entertainment. Director of photography Phedon Papamichael has found new ways to shoot the race scenes to convey their speed and lethal danger, and coupled with the fantastic sound design, it will feel as if you are sitting right in the driver's seat.