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Living Unstoppable (Film) Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

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Length: 60
 
Release Date: 2012
 
Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
1.5/ 5


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Decent Underlying Story

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Poorly edited
Poor Video Quality
Annoying Popups


Final Fiendish Findings?

For me, this short documentary was a miss. It’s something that had the foundation of a decent documentary, but it’s execution failed. Some may not be as put off by these shortcomings, to hear Jay’s tale of inspiration, but I could come up with a hefty list of movies that I would recommend to see before this one.

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Posted October 14, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

Living Unstoppable: The Jay Platt Story is an inspirational film that tells the story of Jay Platt and how he overcame his adversity to do extraordinary feats. The 3 adventures told in the film are a hike across the 2100 mile long Appalachian trail, a swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco with his hands and feet bound, and culminating with the last event of him swimming across the Mississippi river with his feet bound, his hands bound behind his back and being blindfolded.

The movie doesn’t just jump into that. Before all of that is told, there is a short segment covering the history of how Jay got into the situation he was in. As a very active and athletic individual, Jay was crushed when he was diagnosed with cancer that claimed his left eye and required him to have brain surgery. As any inspirational story does, it details his low point with feelings of anger and frustration about what fell him and the internal struggles he had with his situation. Obviously, he eventually finds the inspiration to get over that and tries to return to living his life.

The story is told by with interviews of his family and friends but mostly relies on Jay telling his own story. Accompanying the interviews was a barrage of popups that, for me, ended up being more annoying than adding anything to the film. It was like a really bad episode of popup video except less funny. Most of the time it just reiterated statements made by the interviewees or correcting misinformation. That actually did more to detract from the content than it did to help it since it would discredit the story tellers. In my opinion, it could have been handled more appropriately with creative editing or narration instead of this tactic.

While the underlying story in Living Unstoppable is an appealing one and , I think, a good subject for a documentary, many of the people interviewed, for the most part, lacked charisma and storytelling ability. Apart from Jay’s coach, I had a hard time getting into the anecdotes and tales being told.

The quality of the film is not the best. I expect better from films especially when they are interviews of seated individuals in controlled environments. While I can forgive the quality of some of the live events, the documenting of the final swim was a bit hard to watch. The video was so shaky that I wouldn’t be surprised if it would cause motion sickness in some people. This is yet another spot I think would have been better served with some creative editing rather than subjecting viewers to a poor product.

For me, this short documentary was a miss. It’s something that had the foundation of a decent documentary, but it’s execution failed. Some may not be as put off by these shortcomings, to hear Jay’s tale of inspiration, but I could come up with a hefty list of movies that I would recommend to see before this one.


Anthony

 
I've been a game enthusiast since my 2600 enjoying RPG, platformer and adventure games. Also a film buff who enjoys quirky, indie films and a huge Hitchcock fan.