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This is a must see movie if you want to see the limits of human potential. The amount of training, dedication, and teamwork that goes into this type of endeavor are astounding. You'll be amazed at what Luke does to overcome the adversity and injuries he faces on this journey! Trust me, you'll be a better person and leader after watching this documentary!
I appreciate the comments that found the plot and Luke's decisions troubling, but my bigger problem is that this is just a poorly-made film. Poor editing, jumps in head-first with the barest of introductions to anyone in the film, full of self-important soundbites into the lens and random proselytizing of veganism. It's the hubris of a poorly-equipped filmmaker documenting the hubris of a poorly-equipped athlete trying to achieve a completely arbitrary goal. I'd like my 97 minutes back.
A tribute to a great achievement but the film felt more like one that should be shared by a motivational speaker to a gym class on a rainy day rather than a well produced documentary. I skipped through many parts because I was bored. Also, how was this challange 3 years in the making and yet the support crew and althlete didn’t know that the swim route he chose wasn’t possible until the day before and didn’t have the right maps for biking and running? The route was generally boring to watch (highways) making the film even less interesting.
Luke goes through this punishing ordeal just to test the limits of mental and physical endurance. It was simultaneously fascinating, inspiring and horrifying. A glimpse into a world diametrically opposed to couch-potatoism.
As an aspiring endurance athlete (two half marathons under my belt so far), this is an incredible story of what humans are capable of. There is more to us than most of us ever know, and Luke and his amazing team show what is truly possible. It doesn't have to be sports related, but we can all dig deep inside ourselves and continue on. Love it.
I enjoyed the "raw" format of this docu. Big ups to the film crew, btw. Also, my biggest takeaway is the "anything is possible" and that it's our life's mission to determine what that "anything" should be.