Movie Review Movie Review Icarus B Movie Review Icarus B B Icarus Director Bryan Fogel Runtime 119 minutes Rating Not rated Cast Documentary Availabil ..
An imperfect film ... but the pacing of the final 3/4s of Icarus is remarkable, as we watch a mans life and safety circle the drain.
What emerges is the kind of Cold War thriller we thought we left behind when the Berlin Wall fell.
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But its hard to deny the power of Icaruss message and the remarkable nature of its delivery.
Icarus, finally, provides a heavy handed and unfocused take on a topic necessitating a filmmaker not compelled by cheap thrills.
Amateur cyclist turned docmaker Bryan Fogel takes us to the heart of the doping scandal by becoming a guinea pig.Imagine a version of Morgan Sperlocks ..
Weve seen a version of this drama before and we know how it ends for the people with the best intentions.
But as hanky panky behind the Iron Curtain was essentially impossible to prove, little conclusive evidence ever bubbled to the surface.
But the unwieldiness is part and parcel of the movies ragged appeal.
Its an enriching documentary, that could have been better edited.
What started as a wild idea turned into something more dangerous in Icarus, a documentary that had the good fortune to be filming when bad news broke.
The New York Times
A trivial Super Size Me style premise (take performance enhancing drugs on camera and see if they work!) becomes something far deeper in this thrillin ..
The entire film, a most worthwhile enterprise in itself, drags on and becomes more patience testing than incendiary.I saw maybe 75 documentaries last ..
Rogers Movie Nation
But mostly it serves to humanize this self confessed cheat, putting Rodchenkovs behavior in the context of far greater corruption.
Has there ever been a documentary filmmaker as fortuitous as Bryan Fogel
One aspect of this story that could have been more deeply underscored: The steroid use that ultimately banned so many Russian Olympians was not just a ..
Though the documentarys early musings about athletic integrity in general are ultimately usurped by a tale of personal responsibility and nefarious gl ..
But never has the story been told with the urgency of Bryan Fogels new doc, Icarus, a real life absurdist thriller that, in its electric coverage of o ..
Bryan Fogels revealing documentary plays almost like a spy thriller. And what a fascinating real life character shows up to hold our interest!
Reel Talk Reviews
0 One of the wonderful things about the documentary format is that sometimes directors dont know where their story will take them.
What makes Icarus such a thrilling and disturbing watch is its scope.
This film is proof that, with the right protagonist, a documentary seems to tell its own story.
Rodchenkov proves a surprisingly lovable personality wry, funny, and gregarious.
Its a question that neither Fogel nor Icarus really ever answers.
More so than any thriller Ive seen in recent memory, this is truly edge of your seat stuff.
Yet Icarus greatest strength isnt simply the headline grabbing findings but the way the story is told in supremely human terms.
Birth Movies Death
This is electric material for a story, but Fogel just gets shocked instead of channeling it into something great.
The Film Stage
Talent matters, but much more so than with features, sheer luck can sometimes intervene to turn what might have been a passably interesting film into ..
Eye For Film
1 of 3 View Caption This image released by the Sundance Institute shows a scene from the documentary Icarus, by filmmaker Bryan Fogel.
Though his decision to have Rodchenkov routinely read passages from his favorite bookGeorge Orwells 1984feels a bit too on the nose for a tale about u ..
The Daily Beast
Bryan Fogels Icarus is a tale of lies, deception and murder with stakes worthy of its Greek antecedent.
A story can fall in your lap, but its not much good if you dont have the chops to tell it.
Seven Day Svt
On the surface, Icarus is about a sports scandal that you likely heard about more than a year ago.
When the shit hits the fan, whatever rhythms Icarus had going for it disintegrate and the film is left spinning its wheels (cycling pun unintended) th ..
The Film Experience
It has never been about triumph..Daishima has dedicated most of his career to the Sanrizuka cause and co directed another documentary on the topic, Th ..
Or is there nothing more American than doing whatever it takes to be number one in our country.And thats the core thought of the film.
Remember the 2016 Rio Olympics.Sure you do if you think about it Canadas large medal accumulation and the pleasure taken in that.
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