Written August 31, 2016
you'll like this movie if you are an Olympics-fan, or if you are an athlete - you gotta be able to relate to the athletic experiences for you to like it. Otherwise - there's nothing likeable in this movie. It is bland. The athletes' stories and interviews appeared shallow and lacking in essence. The cinematography is far from excellent, the editing is poor. This movie is not something you would want to pay for to see in the wide screen. It is good for a Saturday-2pm-family-tv-time though.
Written September 27, 2016
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Written October 25, 2016
Such a shame. Only diehard Oly fans should see this for a taste of memories. It's shot beautifully, with some nice imagery but doubt it's an IOC documentarian, and likely a cobbling of other sources' footage. The storylines are too short and scattered to create any compelling drama for anyone of the athletes, so you don't really care that any one wins or loses. There's a rich deep goldmine of emotion, pageantry, and story behind the athletes and the concept here but this fails to capitalize on it. Some of the accents were hard to understand, too so casual fans were very bored here. To top it all off, the 7:30 showing started at 7:20, so friends who showed up at 7:27 missed almost 10 minutes. Then, there was a skip about 15 minutes in. So, the 2hr movie ended up around 1.5hr. What did we miss? Who knows, but Queen Underwood never showed up, nor did the Chinese diver nor the Indian shooter. The preview teases running before opening credits were more insightful than the movie.
Written May 31, 2013
It was kind of a glorified E:60. It was 95% narration of the athletes....you never saw them speak (until the very end). None of it was "behind the scenes" like I thought it would be. A lot if the images were slow-motion and not very exciting. It was cool, but nothing great.