Excellent docudrama for the bodybuilding enthusiast (by elchinonino)
Bodybuilding is fascinating. There's an unspoken camaraderie among those who eat, live and breathe bodybuilding.Just like in Pumping Iron, the champion, Phil Heath is depicted as the villain and like Lou Ferrigno, Kai is the hardworking underdog.Ben Pakulski is sort of the "Ivan Drago" of this docudrama. Dennis Wolf has a particularly awkward comedic scene and Roelly Winklaar is absolutely hilarious.I am so glad the director, Vlad Yudin did not show Branch Warren shouting swear words and throwing weights.The plot is really all about Kai vs Phil. To people unfamiliar to <more>
bodybuilding, the footage of the other bodybuilders can seem out of place since the audience doesn't get to form any type of connection with them.They do touch on anabolic steroids but it is very limited. "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" is a better documentary for that but it is nice that they do mention it instead of ignoring the elephant in the room.I follow bodybuilding very closely so a lot of the content seems redundant, but I still gave this a ten just because I love bodybuilding. It's great to see that somebody is at least trying to break it out of it's shell and I support that 100% percent.Bodybuilding is such a niche market and outsiders have such a close-minded opinion of it that I highly doubt this film will make much of an impact but I sincerely thank Vlad Yudin for the effort.P.S. It was quite amusing seeing some of the gigantic audience members trying to get comfortable in the seemingly tiny movie theater seats.
This is a great documentary which gives insight into the sport of bodybuilding. I remember seeing Pumping Iron as a young teenager and Generation Iron had me in a state of awe showing the dedication these bodybuiders have made their way of life. Like any sport, there are crowd favorites and underdogs, this movie depicts both with Phil Heath and Kai Greene. This movie chronicles the day to day lives of the bodybuilders and their trainers upto and through the Mr. Olympia contest. I might add, I am a woman who has followed the sport for many years but would not consider myself an enthusiast by <more>
any means, I saw this with my twenty year old son and we both loved the movie. Very well done, enjoyable and informative.
Gives an insight to the misunderstood sport of bodybuilding. Great movie that everyone can enjoy and learn from. Has all the top bodybuilder and it shows every ones individual personality that allows you to understand each one and get to know his life story. The movie really focuses on each bodybuilders life story and their goals in life to achieve their ultimate goal to be crowned Mr.Olympia. It really shows that its incredibly hard to become a pro bodybuilder and to even be qualified to compete in the Mr.Olympia contest. Shows the incredible hard work and dedication that these diverse <more>
athletes face. The movie is one of my all time favorites that i have ever watched and will enjoy watching it again.
Awesome Documentary on Bodybuilding!!!!!!!!!! (by rajatdahiyax)
Directed and Written by Vlad Yudin, GENERATION IRON is produced by Yudin and Edwin Mejia. Jerome Gary, producer of the cult classic PUMPING IRON, which helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name, was also tapped to executive produce. GENERATION IRON provides insight into the professional sport of bodybuilding today and follows these men as they compete on the International stage. Yudin followed seven current athletes from around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Japan, and Germany.Mickey Rourke narrates the film, with appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and <more>
Great Companion to "Pumping Iron" (by destinylives52)
A look into the lives of 8 bodybuilders who are competing for Mr. Olympia, the top bodybuilding contest in the world. With a running time of about 1 hour 46 minutes — less when you take into account the opening and ending credits — there's not much time to really get into lives of the aforementioned 8; but this documentary wisely focuses on the top two contenders for the title: Kai Greene and Phil Heath reigning Mr. Olympia at the time this movie was being shot .Heath seems to have it all: a big house in a nice neighborhood, nice cars, a beautiful wife, the favorite of the crowd, <more>
good looks, and a seemingly endless supply of confidence. Virtually the opposite is true for Kai Greene: he lives in Brooklyn, NY in what seems to be the projects , takes the bus and train to get to where he wants to go, lives alone, and has a quiet confidence that is surprising for a man his size. Both men will endure countless hours of pain in the gym and make many more sacrifices to win the highly coveted title of Mr. Olympia."Generation Iron" is a great companion piece to "Pumping Iron," giving people a glimpse into the lives of top bodybuilders 40 years after "Pumping Iron." We see the same sacrifices, grueling workouts, strict diets, rivalry, bravado, doubts, the single goal of being the biggest and the best only the prizes and the competitors are much, much bigger.My most memorable, movie moment of "Generation Iron" is the scene when bodybuilder Branch Warren was on a horse and was asked if he was worried about being injured in the gym. After replying that all his major injuries have been outside of the gym, Warren takes off on his horse; and soon after his horse bucks him off and he falls hard on the ground, giving him an injury that could threaten his attempt at the Mr. Olympia title.An honorable mention goes to the very end of the movie, when ex-bodybuilder and "Pumping Iron" alumni Mike Katz jokes about still looking for his shirt that Arnold Schwarzenegger supposedly stole in "Pumping Iron." Obviously, "Generation Iron" will be mostly enjoyed by bodybuilders and anyone who has ever lifted weights or pushed their bodies to their limits. But I believe this documentary can be enjoyed by all, as the theme of this movie is the extremes that people will go through to get what they want, to be the best in their field; and that is something that we all can relate to.Mannysmemorablemoviemoments
A peek into the world of Mr. Olympia (by purpleprinc3)
This was a very interesting documentary, very well put together and you feel you're following these people on their journey to become the next Mr. Olympia. Mickey Rourke as narrator adds a nice touch to it. This is not simply about muscles, it's about what it takes to get to that level and what drives them! It has a nice human element to this which makes you feel for the people you're watching, you see the pain they go through and whilst I'm not an avid supporter of body building you have to give credit for such sheer dedication. It's not a controversial documentary, <more>
however nonetheless it kept me entertained and hopefully you'll find it a very pleasant watch too :