At feature length, though, the film feels like an infomercial pitching another Kamen contraption, a vapor compression distiller. Many scenes seem staged, with the inventor stiffly performing a day in his life for the camera crew as if this were indeed an infomercial.
Director Paul Lazarus devotes much of the running time to constructing Kamen's cult of personality. He's variously shown to be a
But Segway has never fulfilled its game-changing promise the way the iPhone has. Kamen's expensive toys, frivolous pet projects and whimsical temperament create an ever-so-slight sense of Deja vu to those who've seen Bennett Miller's depiction of Du Pont in "Foxcatcher."
Lazarus ultimately commits the sin journalists call burying the lede, rendering the SlingShot's research, development and trials an afterthought. Perhaps to protect trade secrets, the film is scarcely substantive. The only juicy bit is how Kamen managed to secure sponsorship from the Coca-Cola Co. by first developing its Freestyle soda fountain.