A semi-sequel to 1977’s Pumping Iron, Vlad Yudin’s documentary leads us back through the bizarre, inspirational and slightly disturbing world of pro bodybuilding.
The first film made superstars of Mr Olympia contestants Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, but 2012 finalists Phil Heath and Kai Greene are unlikely to get as many leading man roles – largely because today’s gruelling standards have sculpted them less like socks full of walnuts than sofas full of bricks.
Self-discipline or obsession? Art or body horror? Yudin doesn’t pick sides, letting the men underneath the muscle do all the really heavy lifting.
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