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.
[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.
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.
An almost in-credible journey of a film. Driving forwards with such pace that you barely have pause to question the film's more baffling turns. No sooner have you had a chance to say "what about?" than the film takes another crushing twist. Never has a doc encapsulated the term "well that escalated quickly" quite so wholeheartedly.
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.