[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.
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.
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.
Ya, for sure the US and several other countries aren't all doing this same doping shit for the Olympics. Also, it is funny that people take this so seriously when the main action of the testers is carrying pee around. Swirling the pee around. Testing the pee. Because the people who spend their entire lives playing games and training have an unfair advantage in life and sport. Who knew? This world is so fucking silly.