Review: Icarus

Cheating has been a big problem in modern sport, especially sports doping, when athletes consume illegal substances to enhance their performance.

Icarus is a film all about exposing athletes who dope at professional competitions. This documentary stars Bryan Fogel, an amateur cyclist who went out to expose how easy it is to dope in both amateur and professional sport.

To do this, he injected himself with performance-enhancing drugs to show exactly how easy it is for athletes to pass doping tests and get away with it. To help him with his endeavor he called upon the director of Moscow’s anti-doping Center, Grigory Rodchenkov.

The joining of Rodchenkov on this project escalated things quite significantly and the movie took a violent turn in exposing sports players and authorities, especially in `As the World-Anti Doping Association (Wada) gave out a report on the Russian athletes doping Rodchenkov’s life went into danger and he flees to the United States for safety.

Rodchenkov goes on to give a testimony on the whole Russian cheating fiasco and the way that Russia cheated its way to 13 Olympic gold medals in the 2012 Olympics. The documentary turns into a thriller as one of Rodchenov’s colleagues suspiciously dies, and the documentary becomes a matter of whether Rodchenkov will survive or not.  

Icarus was very appealing to students as showed a version and level of cheating most did not really know. It taught students some of the harsh and sad truth that what happens in sports and that sports isn’t all that it appears to be.

Even though students at Woodstock enjoyed the documentary, most agreed that it was slightly extensive. Overall it was a great educational film on an aspect of sports that a lot of people do not see.

 

Edited by Nalin Mahajan
Image by Variety

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