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The Smashing Machine (2002)

R | | Documentary, Sport | May 2002 (USA)
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This is a documentary that follows M.M.A. great Mark Kerr, and his string of amazing victories in the ring.

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This is a documentary that follows M.M.A. great Mark Kerr, and his string of amazing victories in the ring.

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The original title of this movie was "The Specimen". That was Mark Kerr's original nickname and it was the title with which the movie was presented at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival. It was change to "The Smashing Machine" once it was picked-up by HBO. See more »

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A Great Study on MMA!!!
30 September 2004 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

Mark Kerr is the main focus of this film, and it deals with his incredible rise from a wrestler, to one of the elite members of Mixed Martial Arts. Though Mark is at the top of his game, his need for pain relief grows to extremes, and other troubles soon arise. This documentary on "ultimate fighting," features many great Pride fighters like Igor Vovchanchyn, Vanderlei Silva, Mark Coleman and Renzo Gracie. Bas Rutten ultimately steals the show, though Mark is truly a specimen of massive power. The film manages to get in the very midst of the Pride tournament, and fans of Vale Tudo events would love to see such great shots and interviews of their favorite fighters. The film is very violent, though the athletes involved have the utmost technique and dedication for their martial art form. Truly a very unique type of person could be involved in these events, and the film captures that perfectly. Hopefully with this film, people will begin to appreciate the technique and sport, rather than just viewing it as fighting.

A 10 ****


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