Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sundance Films: Tyson

Title: Tyson
Director: James Toback
Website: No website provided
Potential Major Release Date: April 24, 2009

Summary: From director James Toback comes this documentary feature about the trials and triumphs in the life of famed boxer Mike Tyson. From his salad days with promoter Don King, to his infamous ear-ripping match against Evander Holyfield, to his sexual assault conviction, this film, made with the cooperation of Tyson himself, was culled from more than 30 hours of fascinating interview footage of the notorious heavyweight champion (NetFlix).

Thoughts: Unable to watch a trailer, I was able to see a short clip from James Toback’s documentary and I’m not sure it helped quell any fears. The film is reminiscent of Errol Morris’ Fog of War in that it is based entirely around a few interview sessions with the subject. Unfortunately, with Tyson on helm as a producer I just can’t see the film being completely honest with its audience. I’m still intrigued, just skeptical.

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