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Icarus starts with director Bryan Fogel deciding to inject himself with doping substances and participate in a biking race undetected. By accident, he ends up in contact with a Russian scientist. This man transforms the movie from a personal experiment to a highly relevant political thriller. Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the scientist is at the center of accusations in Russia of a virtually impossible state-sponsored doping scheme. With links to the Russian president Putin himself, the movie keeps getting more and more interesting as the relationship between Fogel and Rodchenkov develops. Aside from all the madness that unfolds, Rodchenkov’s likeable personality makes the story more relatable and humane, and gives an insight into the pressures of working in the regulatory body in a country like Russia. You will be astonished by how much material this movie has. A must-watch.
A totally engrossing film, I just kept saying wow again and again as it progressed. Humor, drama, danger it’s all here.
What was a sports documentary becomes a political thriller featuring as high as some of the most powerful people in the world: Putin’s close circle. The best thing about this documentary for me was that the Russian scientist Grigory is such a fun crazy dude. You want him to be your friend in real life, and that gives another, more humane dimension to the story.
As someone who wasn’t very informed on the topic of ‘doping’ I was completely immersed in this film. And then it gets even better.
Best documentary I’ve ever seen. Seeing real events unfolding, mad characters, corruption, doping, what more could there be. Fascinating.
Great movie. Glad i didn’t read what the movie was about because that would probably have made me stray away from the movie. It really made the subject interesting and attention-catching.