Inspired by the book "Born to Run," ten distance runners from around the world attempt to chase down the fastest animal in North America and-through efforts both moving and humorous-prove that running was the first real human weapon and the key to our species' survival.
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I regret spending the money to rent this. The result was not very satisfying. *spoiler alert* I am disappointed that they only tried once and after failing they did not try again with a better strategy. It is obvious that a true hunter would be more capable with stealth and tracking but they did not incorporate these necessary skills or even use technology to overcome that limitation. I realize that using technology or a team of spotters to track animals is not ethical fair chase, but they should have eliminated the chance of losing the animal to prove the whole point of the movie, which was to find out if humans could actually keep up and outrun an animal. The chase scene was hard to follow especially since most of the footage was from ground level. It would have been more appealing to see drone footage of the chase or a map on the screen showing the path that the animal and runners took.
This documentary posits an interesting idea, the ability for a human to run an antelope to exhaustion. The film is nicely done and the runners have compelling stories that keep you engaged throughout the movie. It's an interesting film if you are a runner.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
What an amazing story and proof of concept. How humans got meat for 2 million years. An amazing tale of human anatomy, the spirit of Homo Sapiens, and really, what humans really are designed to eat.... Read the Origin of Science by Louis Liebenberg.
First of all your 'expert tracker' there should have told them they wouldn't get within half a mile of those pronghorns no matter what. The way they're hunted in New Mexico is with large bore rifles and shot from about that distance. There's no catching up to an animal that can sprint a mile and rest while you re-position yourselves to your advantage. In Africa there wouldn't have been a fence to jump a paved road to cross and you'd have been separating a weaker, older animal from it's herd. I have some of the basics here and i am generalizing, but there was no way these guys were going to run down a pronghorn that's been shot at from a distance all it's life.