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How can this Possibly be Real? – Icarus (2017)

Icarus, a Netflix Original documentary is a story about an amateur cyclist who decides he wants to find out more about doping, and how athletes get away with it. He somehow gets connected with the director of the Anti-Doping Lab in Russia, who agrees to help him dope and test negative ‘for research purposes’. And then, the allegations start coming out about the massive Russian doping scandal (look it up). And suddenly the filmmaker, Bryan, finds himself in the middle of this scandal. It turns out, this Russian he was connected with is the mastermind of the whole state-sponsored doping program in Russia. He ends up calling Bryan and telling him “Putin’s gonna kill me”, and Bryan has to help him escape the country. I’ll stop there. You just got to watch this thing.

Critics call this ‘maybe the best non-fiction movie of the year’ (2017). I call it one of the best non-fiction movies I have ever seen. It’s definitely the best documentary I’ve ever seen.

It’s like Jason Bourne level stuff, but IT’S REAL. What makes it even more fascinating is that the filmmaker did not intend to make this movie. He just got totally swept up in it. And now this guy, who face is on news channels all around the world, is skyping him, begging him to get him a plane ticket out of Russia so he isn’t murdered by the state. I had to stop the movie in the middle and go to bed because it was 1 in the morning, and I had trouble going to sleep because how haunting this thing is. I mean it’s 20 times scarier because it’s real and it’s happening right in front of you.

I keep saying it, but this thing is a freaking ride. I mean, it’s super intense.

I have always loved documentaries where you actually follow the filmmaker around, and he does something. I mean, historical documentaries have value, but I want to see action. I don’t just want a narrator talking while recreated footage flashes on the screen. Give me action. This thing has tons of action. Maybe I’m biased, cause this documentary is right up my alley.

When I watched this film, the first thing that popped into my head was “how can this possibly be real?”. The second thing that popped into my head was “How have I not heard of this?”. I don’t know why, but this movie flew super under the radar. At least my radar, and that’s no small feat for an Oscar-winning movie.

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