While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.
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"Icarus is definitive proof that twists and turns aren't reserved for the fictions of Hollywood. Filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel planned to make a film about doping in the sports industry, choosing to load himself up on steroids and document the experience. Think of it like Super Size Me, but with pharmaceutical-grade meds instead of Big Macs. "
"I thought this was a very good documentary. If you know nothing about the doping scandals that will keep athletes from competing under the Russian flag for the next few years, then this is your number. It will put you right in the heart of WADA, the doping scandal, Putin, Sochi, etc. Well produced, easy to follow, and fascinating even if you hate sports. (I love sports but still a huge recommend for those who don’t)"
"Literally the best film I’ve seen. Changed my whole attitude towards documentaries and inspired me to change my life. Love love love!"
"Sadly, I haven’t found any as good as this yet! There is a wholesome one that I enjoyed, very different genre but would still recommend— “The Biggest Little Farm”"
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