[huge spoiler] Wow, that was inespected! (For me, at least, I always try to watch films with as little information as I can, and I did not even know until it was over that it had an Oscar nomination). This starts as a doc with a Super Size me approach, for doping. And then becomes a Snowden scenario. It deals very well with the magnitude of the events, as they unfold. This is great cinema and an excelent document.
Drugs in sport! We always knew they were there but until now had no idea how wide-spreed and state sanctioned it is. Icarus succeeds because of the rich characters and their passionate dedication to their art even when that art is cheating itself. It could easily have lost another 20 mins in the edit. 3.5 stars
Very inconsistent in style but well constructed. It exposes clearly the evidence while maintaining interest in those involved. I think it could have completely skipped Folger's experience with doping, just mentioning it would have sufficed.
Whilst the variety of Lance Armstrong related cautionary tales and documentaries is now into double figures, 'Icarus' manages to steal the show by cataloguing the journey of a willing athletic subject to take EPO and monitor its performance enhancing effect. The results and implications are astounding.
I almost didn't want to watch because I'm not really interested in sports, so why would I watch a doping documentary? But my partner and a friend kept insisting, so I did. it's not about sports at all. It's about politics. And it's a damning, frustrating account of the events surrounding the Sochi Olympics, that show the bigger tragedy of Russian corruption behind. Even being from Russia, I learned a lot.
Amazing 1984 references. The story of one of the greatest whistleblowers ever to come forward. Too bad it was all for nothing. Too bad that we're left with the idea that we can only dream of ever meeting in a place where there is no darkness.
The set-up of the film is bullshit: Bryan never explains the substances he takes, their effects, and their mode of acquisition. Plus amateur events DON'T test for PEDs & Bryan already knows this.
Interesting movie about a massive political cover-up, but you're absolutely wrong if you think it's just the Russians who have state sponsored PED use.