52) The Armstrong Lie (2013)
A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong’s improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.
7/10 – I still don’t believe a word this man says. It is an interesting documentary which shows Armstrong either side of his imfamous admission of guilt. Starting in 2009 whereby he was due to stage a ‘comeback’ and prove all of his critics wrong. Fast forward to 2013 and he’s sat on a sofa with Oprah admitting to the world that he cheated. A lot.
With a man that was that convincing when lying about doping in the first place, it becomes hard to take anything else he says seriously. We learn about the wider doping scandals in cycling, and what ‘pushed’ him to do it, but ultimately it was his decision to do so.
There is no real conclusion or huge revelation to this documentary, it was set out for one purpose and ended up with another. It’s not the filmmakers fault. But it lacks a punch. All the big parts of the storyline are out in the open and this documentary adds very little extra to the tale, but does wrap it up in a nice 2 hour film.