Enjoyable but brutal,
This review is from: The Smashing Machine [DVD] (DVD)
I knew very little about UFC before watching this documentary. Having watched it, I've seen more than enough.
The film concentrates on the high and lows of one of the world's best MMX fighters, Mark Kerr, over a two or three year period. At the start of the film we find out that Kerr is such a great MMX fighter that no one else can really live with him and his fights are short and brutal. He then moves to Japan to fight in PRIDE where the money rewards are substantial. Things then start to go wrong for the unbeaten fighter, the rules are changed to prevent fights ending too swiftly (effectively wrecking Kerr's style), he takes a drug overdose, his relationship with his girlfriend turns sour and things start to unravel.
This is a well made film but personally I found the subject matter hard to digest. The fight scenes are nothing short of brutal which I found quite disturbing and yet at the same time they lack spectacle. In the past I have enjoyed watching some of the great boxers perform but this type of no holds barred fighting holds little (to my mind anyway) in the way of entertainment. I also had little sympathy for the characters (despite Mark Kerr looking like Martin Johnson) and by the end cared little for any of them.
UFC fans will probably lap this up, I would suggest neutrals will find it a little indigestable.