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Review: 'Generation Iron' an intimate portrait of bodybuilders
Review: 'Generation Iron' an intimate portrait of bodybuilders

The compelling and energetic documentary "Generation Iron" enjoyably profiles an array of larger-than-life challengers in the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition, a.k.a. the Super Bowl of muscle contests. Comparisons to 1977's influential "Pumping Iron," which introduced many to the then-recondite world of bodybuilding, are inevitable. But this new film, skillfully crafted by Russian-born writer-director Vlad Yudin (he was also a producer), stands on its own two very well-defined legs. Yudin, shooting in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas and elsewhere, gets up close and personal with a kind of magnificent seven of bodybuilders as they prepare for, then participate in, the Olympia showdown...

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