The narrator, Alex Gibney tells how he was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling in 2009 and that he was not oblivious to the rumours and allegations facing Armstrong but I imagine this documentary film would only have been a glorified tale of Armstrong’s comeback had the doping scandal not erupted in 2009/10.
Having first seen the trailer for ‘The Armstrong Lie’ I had highly anticipated knowing some more inside information to the whole story. I could not help but think however, this documentary did not reveal too much more about the story. Armstrong is reluctant to go into all the details, especially concerning the conversation in the hospital with Frankie and Betsy Andreu ‘Uh-uh, I’m just gonna take that on. I’m laying down on that one’. The only new addition to this film were a few post confession interview clips by Armstrong in which he further expressed his viewpoint that he did not feel like a cheater as he did not feel that he was gaining an ‘unfair advantage’. Armstrong seems to be no different from other top end athletes of his era in terms of taking performance enhancing drugs, however his arrogance and intimidating persona is what I truly dislike about Armstrong.
This documentary neatly brings everything I had learnt about Armstrong previously into one documentary film. I had learnt however that Michele Ferrari- Lance Armstrong’s doctor was disturbingly fascinated with pushing the capabilities of the human body. Talking about Armstrong’s 2005 Tour De France victory he gestures puffing on a cigarette ‘he was taking it easy… if you win by too much then...’
The Armstrong Lie serves to confirm my views that Lance Armstrong was, and still continues to be a jerk with no remorse for his actions - other than that he was caught, leaving him no option to confess. A recommended watch- but don’t expect any massive revelations.
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