The Smashing Machine - The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr
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You see the enormous highs of victory, as well as the training to get there. There's the downsides as well, as you see Mark slide into drug addiction and relationship hell. Heavy stuff.
It's easy to generalize about these fighters. He's too nice to fight. He's a psycho. He's a drug addict. He just needs to dump his girlfriend. But in the end you're left with a contradictory individual. It's a struggle, but you find yourself rooting for him in the end.
The bonus tracks added quite a bit. 30 minutes of Renzo Gracie's life was a great surprise, and the director's voice over makes the entire video worth watching twice.
Very well done!
Kerr, lured by the promise of large paydays and fueled by the euphoria of his early victories, is forced to do battle with physical injuries and his inner fears. The chaos of these matches weigh heavily on the minds and bodies of these athletes, and some like Kerr deal with the physical and psychological trauma by turning to drugs. Kerr's addiction is shown in raw form, and the camera does not shy away as he desperately solicits drugs from friends and event staff, and injects pain killers into his veins.
Fans who remember Kerr's shocking loss to Fujita in Japan, will finally understand the forces behind Kerr's undoing. Especially intriguing is seeing the relationship between Kerr and the wily vetern fighter Bas Rutten, who helps train Kerr and is then forced to watch the unraveling of his pupil.
It is a story that can be difficult and gut-wrenching to watch. The documentary has few cheerful moments, and a dark mood hangs overhead even when Kerr wins his matches. It seems to suggest that pain and blood are always right around the corner in the lives of these fighters. Outside the ring, Kerr's gentle nature and thoughtful commentary make him an endearing figure. However this story does not have a happy ending, and may leave fans with mixed feelings over what they just saw.
Mark Kerr was an amazing fighter and like most of the amazing fighters in the world kinda fell into the sport. He was a wrestler and after college needed something to do for money. Putting his talents to use solved that problem.
I suggest that anyone who watches this movie watch some real Mixed Martial Arts fights beforehand. Give yourself that taste of what MMA is like and then you'll understand how much of a struggle it can be to train and compete.
P.S. It's been a while since I've seen the movie but in the bonus features, watching Bas knock out Rodrigo (i think), is probably one of the most classic shots ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome look inside mma and this very talented man mark kerr.6Published 16 months ago by Ricardo Aunario Ortega
Really good documentary. Even though it's a few years old it could still apply to fighters today. In depth and revealing. Very personal and thought provoking.Published 16 months ago by MaxMuscle84
A must see video for any true MMA fan. Sad decline of the smashing machine fully documented. Don't do drugs!!!Published 19 months ago by Justin Settle
The Smashing Machine - The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr is a very in-depth video. Instant collector item.Published on October 16, 2013 by Darin Warden
I'm a big fan of MMA. I remember watching these older guys back in the late 90's. Mark Colman is in it a lot. Mark Kerr struggled with pain killers and depression. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by jared hicks
Very well done, and a very good look into the life of Mark Kerr. This DVD does, however, take a very obvious and very biased stance against MMA. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Ian Foard
The Smashing Machine shatters stereotypes of brutes and bloodbaths in the ring of ultimate fighters. Kerr is no immortal, but nor is he angry, loud-mouthed, or brutish. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by thedoc-robot