I saw him on the television during the Beijing Olympic games and then
in London, followed by in Rio. When I first came to know him in Beijing
games, I thought he was a one-timer, but then during the London games,
from the commentators to everyone who are familiar with his sport had
great expectation on him and he delivered it. Finally, in Rio, I
prepared for the historic occasion and so did it again for the last
time. I am talking about the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt. It's great
to be born in this generation to witness such a great achievement. If
not from the arena, at least from the live telecast. I have seen and
still seeing many legends from other sports and Bolt is one of them.
This Jamaican sprinter is like a thunderbolt that struck in the last
three summer Olympic games creating a new history. In each Olympic
games, he had grabbed three gold medals. Now he's off the track and
enjoying the normal life. But the film was focused to tell his rise and
reign for the nearly fifteen years of his career. It all began in the
Junior championship from the school days and since then he never looked
back, but left behind the records the others to fetch. Especially, he
still holds the world record for 100m in 9.58 seconds. By seeing his
achievements, you might expect a coach who trained him would be like
the one from 'Whiplash'. I was surprised to see a simple man behind
him, as well as his friend-come-manager and all the other people around
I did not know they were making a documentary about him. I only came to
know just a week before watching it. I have seen some good sports
documentaries, so I anticipated something extraordinary clips and
inspiration. It is inspiring, good for young sports enthusiasts who
wants to make big in their field. To be honest I was a bit disappointed
with this film. This is not I was looking for. This looked more like a
reality show. So I won't blame entirely on the filmmakers for failing
to give the best product. Because I knew Bolt as a sportsman, but never
knew him as a person, his character and all. He's a fun type.
Seriously, I did not expect that.
"All the way from Beijing to London and now to Rio. It is one of the
greatest athletic achievements of all time."
He worked hard for what he's now, but at a time he's so fun. Enjoys his
game, life, that's what you learn the most about him if you already
know him as a sportsperson. Particularly a clip from the film about a
cameraman who crashed on him proves he a temperless. I could not stop
from laughing at it and so he was. They have interviewed some big names
from other sports. They all talked about their special friendship with
him and his talent. I am really upset for not interviewing one of his
close friends and a countryman, Christopher Henry Gayle. They both are
common in one thing, that's the number 333. You will understand what
that means if you know them both from their sports.
One of the main issues was the film terribly lacks with the original
clips or the photographs from his life. Everything about him on the
track were perfectly aligned, other than that the rest of them were
exclusively shot for the film like a feature film, including the
interviews. So the recreation of those recollects were not that
effective to blend with the story. Also a bit falls off the track with
too much of off the track focus, but it's not boring, totally fun to
watch such person. That's why even it is stretched to nearly two hours,
it does not feel like a drag.
After every win, he celebrates with his 'lightning bolt' pose. As his
name, as his record talks, that is the defining moment. The Jamaican
medal tally might dip from the next Olympic games since he got retired.
But his nation will be remembered for him forever. It is a good
documentary film, but should have been great. Now I am thinking about a
feature film and I hope somebody would make it in the near future. I
recommend this, but keep your expectations low if you already know much
about him. But for others, it will make a bigger impact.