Review: Generation Iron (2013)

Year: 2013
Rating: M
Director: Vlad Yudin
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Jay Cutler
Distributor: Madman
Available: Now
Rating: 4 Stars

Professional bodybuilding takes centre stage. Focused on seven international qualified bodybuilders training to compete in the Mr. Olympia contest, Mickey Rourke narrates the riveting film, which aims to get to the core of why these bodybuilders do what they do.

It’s an interesting concept, and with scenes featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler, the documentary focuses on the personalities and competition of the contestants rather than the particulars and scoring of the sport.

The sharp direction by Vlad Yudin and editing by Justin Timms is central to the films success, blending together visuals of these huge bodies training, alongside the bodybuilder’s own personal stories. Despite being overlong and losing momentum towards the final act, it’s an inspiring work and gives a voice to the small community of sportsmen who aren’t usually explored. Generation Iron is a fascinating depiction of a sport, which regularly goes unnoticed. Features include interviews, deleted scenes and a making-of.

Originally published in FilmInk Magazine, May 25, 2014.

Watch the trailer for Generation Iron below:

Published by Eden Caceda

Eden Caceda is an acclaimed journalist, commentator and radio host from Sydney, Australia. After studying English at the University of Sydney, he has written over 300 articles and pieces from 2013. His key areas of writing are culture, entertainment, opinion and current affairs.


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