Run time: 121 mins
Annette Bening stars in this inspiring tale of how one friend’s devotion can make or break the chance to achieve your dreams.
Decades after her retirement from the sport, 60 year old former professional athlete Diana Nyad decides that she is ready to attempt her lifelong dream and swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. It’s a feat she tried unsuccessfully in her twenties and this time, Diana wants to swim nonstop without a shark cage in order to earn the distinction of being the first person to actually complete the task. Her best friend and coach Bonnie (Jodie Foster), despite her reservations, does everything she can to help with the training and logistics as Diana’s epic quest becomes a multi-year journey filled with setbacks, health scares and the formation of lifelong friendships.
While Bening is at the heart of the action, Foster is the brightest spark here, lending an authentic feel as a tireless cheerleader to her best friend. Throwing us above, upon and below the surface of pools and the oceans, it’s a touching sports drama about pushing your limits and refusing to accept defeat.