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Eye-opening tribute to a great man.,
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This review is from: Once I Was A Champion (Amazon Instant Video)
One of the things that I found the most engrossing about this documentary was the focus on Evan Tanner's life outside of the ring as well as inside. Evan Tanner was a great fighter and his death is still surrounded by controversy as to whether it was a suicide or a desert hike gone wrong, but the best thing that this film does is not try to answer that question. Yes, it gives insight and perspective on it from officials and those who knew him best, and you could probably fill an entire film with just that aspect alone; but that wouldn't be a fitting tribute. Instead, this film gives fans access to the parts of Evan's life that few ever knew. He was driven, charismatic, talented, and very intelligent, but he was also many other things behind that veneer. He was vulnerable, enigmatic and possibly misunderstood by those who loved him the most. He was susceptible to depression and alcohol, and was struggling, as most of us are, to find his place in this world. I found it to be one of the best documentaries done on a fighter because it showed him as more than a fighter. It showed him as a person.
If you are looking for a film that focuses mainly on fighting; something that just alternates between fight highlights and training montages, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want to see a glimpse into the real demons that drive, haunt, and sometimes sadly overtake these men that we look at as invincible, then I highly suggest this film.