Icarus – 2017

This film is one of those that seemed to happen purely by accident. The film follows filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel in his attempts to defraud the anti-doping agency to prove that it could be done. He is put in contact with Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov who heads the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and agrees to help him. But what starts as a simple experiment takes a turn toward geopolitical espionage after accusations of Russian doping take center on the world stage. Fogel’s work with Rodchenkov yields some fantastic footage, and his exposé on doping within the Tour de France would have been a great film on its own. Stumbling into a real-life thriller which uncovers fifty years worth of cheating and deceit takes this documentary into the stratosphere.

A compelling discussion on the illegal actions of one of the most powerful and shady countries in the world.

Fantastic documentary whose ramifications will be felt for years to come and deserves…

4.5 out of 5



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