Icarus (2017)

“Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involves the use of doublethink. I was doing in parallel two things which cancelled out each other and being fully contradictory. Doping and anti-doping. ” – Grigory

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that tries t understand the effects of steroid use on athletes and ends up going places they never expected.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never seemed to have much interest in seeing despite the fact that it won the Oscar for Best Documentary this year.

The idea of watching a film maker try and prove his thesis about the effects of steroids on an athlete (himself) just didn’t sound so fascinating to me.

In the end, I decided to check it out and was amazed at how great a documentary it really was.

This documentary does what documentaries should do because it takes the story where it needs to go even if it becomes so far removed from the original thesis presented.

The idea that this film starts at one point and then changes directions completely as the story progresses is great especially since it reaches an idea that has wider repercussions.

Te way that this film takes an apolitical stand in this situation is great because it would have been so simple to make this whole film very political just for the sake of it by connecting it to non-relatable US politics.

This film doesn’t shy away from the truth and tells the story in the direction where things lead even if it moves so far from the original premise of the film and ultimately manages to give us a very interesting an fascinating story.

Very deserving of Best Documentary of 2017 at the Oscars!

Bottom Line – Amazing documentary that does what a documentary should do. Loved how this film stars off with a thesis that goes in one direction and through the course of the story, the situation completely changes and gives an even more powerful idea that has world wide repercussions.  Very deserving of its win for Best Documentary at the Oscars because it does a great job of trying to stay apolitical in a situation that could have easily been connected to other non-related events just for the sake of it.  This is the way that documentaries should ultimately be because they don’t try to shy away from the truth while letting us see where the events will ultimately lead us. Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was substantially edited after the premiere at Sundance Film Festival, where it was bought by Netflix. The new version debuted at Sundance London in June 2017 before being released on Netflix in August. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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3 thoughts on “Icarus (2017)

  1. Superb. Like watching the best thriller ever – but it’s all real. Deserved the Oscar. And as an aside – as a comment on how utterly stupid the Academy has become – Bryan Fogel – the Oscar WINNING filmmaker of this movie – was NOT invited by the Documentary Branch to become a voting member (nor was the WINNER of Best Documentary short or a number of the nominees in both categories), as the dysfunctional Doc Branch becomes even moreso in following the lead of the moronic Actors Branch (which invited actors predominantly known for their work on television, the stage, music or in standup comedy) and overlooking (SNUBBING) WINNERS in their own category and instead, inviting academics and film magazine editors WHO HAVE NEVER MADE A FILM IN THEIR LIFE. Coupled with this latest debacle – the Most Popular Film category they plan to add – the Oscars have gone over a cliff and turned themselves into the punchline of a bad joke.


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