Movies, Documentary
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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 Sperlock’s Super Size Me in which, instead of merely bloating up, Sperlock entered into an uneasy friendship with an evil clown version of Ronald McDonald, and you’ll get a sense of the unexpected depth of Icarus. At first, we see self-medicating doc director Bryan Fogel injecting his tush with thick testosterone, hoping to compete in Switzerland’s Haute Route bicycle race. (The flagrant breach of ethics is thrilling.)

But in order to execute his plan, Fogel collaborates with Russia’s Grigory Rodchenkov, a disgraced doctor who masterminded his nation’s athletic doping program. Icarus eventually shifts into a fascinating exposé of the latter trickster: an Orwell-reading whistle-blower who, before our eyes, becomes a target of Putin and Olympic oversight committees. Fogel is a little out of his depth, but he has a killer tale to tell.

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Release details

Release date:
Friday August 4 2017
110 mins

Cast and crew

Bryan Fogel

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4 out of 5 stars
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Really great eye opening documentary about the use of steroids and doping within the cycling community. It goes a lot deeper that I initially thought. The only thing I wanted to see more of was interviews and/or current/past athletes who had been caught doping. Of course this would be difficult I can imagine but other than that it was great. I especially loved the relationship between Bryan and Grigory and the way Bryan blatantly goes against all rules and ethics by actually trying out steroids on himself, hilarious and sweet.