In a film world of franchises, shared universes, comic book films, sequels and reboots, its always wonderful to see something different, something fresh and something that will not only education you but also entertain you. This week I found that in one of the most interesting documentaries that I have seen in quite a while.The Game Changers. Executively produced by some of Hollywood and sport’s biggest superstars, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, James Cameron, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul, THE GAME CHANGERS is a revolutionary documentary about meat, protein and strength, diet, whats good for you and what isnt. Now if that doesn’t sound like something youd rush out and buy then let me just say that I didnt think I would find this this feature length documentary too interesting and certainly didnt think it was make me regret eating that 12 inch Meat Feast Pizza last night, but The Game Changes has made me think.
“They do a great idea selling the idea that “real men eat meat”. But you’ve got to understand, that’s marketing. That’s not based on reality.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
THE GAME CHANGERS follows the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength and along the way this story features some of the strongest, fastest and toughest athletes on the planet including seven-time Mr. Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger, five-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, The Ultimate Fighter winner James Wilks, Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist Dotsie Bausch, world record-holding strongman Patrik Baboumian, ultramarathon legend Scott Jurek, two-time Australian 400m champion Morgan Mitchell, American-record holding Olympic weightlifter Kendrick Farris, plus a dozen members of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans.
THE GAME CHANGERS documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. Wilks’ journey exposes outdated myths about food that not only affect human performance, but the health of the entire global population.
One thing I was concerned about before I pressed play on The Game Changers was to which level this story would be told, would it be super complicated, would it be a Meat is bad, and Plants are the solution and anyone that eats meat is bad, Whilst it does of course show the benefits of changing your diet, its done in such a way that you dont feel bad for chewing into a steak or a burger but it does explain why the belief that you get energy from meat and as a species the human race must eat meat to survive, is a pretty misguided marketing ploy by companies across the globe.
Most definitely a documentary that I recommend you watch. It might not make you change your dietary ways but it will make you at least think about what ‘fuel’ you put in your body and that is all this documentary asks of you.
Directed by Academy Award-Winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove, Racing Extinction)