I first heard Chris Moyles talk about Icarus on his breakfast show and he said it was a must watch. I decided to give it a bash even though it didn’t sound like my normal watch. I don’t intend this post to be a review, more of a recommendation because I don’t want to give too much away!
Icarus is about a filmmaker and amateur cyclist, Brian Fogel, who is looking to find out more about doping and how easy or hard it is to get away with doping in sport and how it can enhance your overall performance. However, the film takes a massive turn of events.
The film ends up exposing the widespread doping scandal that Russia was involved in. This is where the movie really picks up and turns a little House of Cards or Scandal like. Fogel befriends Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory, and looks to uncover the extent of the scandal.
Everyone I have met since I have watched the documentary, I have had to tell about and recommend they watch. It’s strangely gripping and is so much more than another documentary about the sport. It’s politics, world affairs, spies and all sorts!
I have so many questions and am in complete shock over some of the allegations, I feel like we are only just scratching the surface of a massive worldwide issue. I don’t believe that there is only one country in the world with this kind of doping programme. But how big is it?
I basically need you all to go away and watch it and then give me a message so we can have conspiracy theory chats about it. If you’re wanting a proper review of the documentary, read this one from the Guardian.