Big River Man
In February 2007 Martin Strel began his attempt to swim the might Amazon river, in an effort to beat his earlier swims down the Mississippi and the Yangtze River and to raise awareness of the environmental disaster that is happening in the Amazonian rain forests.
The DVD cover makes the whole affair to be something that it really isn’t, claiming that Martin Strel ‘Laughs in the face of crocodiles, piranhas and giant anacondas.’ In reality the only thing that Strel has to face is physical exhaustion and mental instability.
I’m not saying that Big River Man isn’t a fascinating documentary; just that it’s being promoted unfairly.
It would be better to say that this is a documentary that begins life, documenting Slovenian long-distance swimmer Martin Strel’s attempt to swim the Amazon River and ends up being a witness to his descent into the murky depths of insanity.
It’s a commendable cause that Strel is swimming for, and a pretty amazing feat that he is attempting, but it seems that director John Maringouin has a few issues of his own when it comes to grasping onto sanity as from time to time, Big River Man seems to be unable to keep it’s head above water resulting in a confusing mess.
An interesting watch for the most part and a fascinating look at just how far the human body can (or can’t) be pushed.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: January 14th, 2010
Stars: Matthew Mohlke, Borut Strel, Martin Strel
Length (Minutes): 110
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Director: Maringouin, John
Studio: Vendetta Films