IAMBOLT is a documentary by Ben and Gabe Turner, not a drama. It includes action footage of some of his principal races but the real value of the film is the unrivalled access to Bolt who allowed a camera to follow him around and record his thoughts before and after particular races. He appears to speak openly and honestly allowing himself to be caught in some unguarded moments. The viewer feels he know Bolt a little after viewing it. The film revealed more of Usain Bolt the person, than I might have expected.
The Athletics Weekly review by Euan Crumley said: "It actually gets right under the skin of this superstar and reveals a depth not previously apparent in a man usually to be found owning his stage and commanding his crowd". I thought that a very fair assessment.
He comes across as very human, at times expressing anxiety in the run up to Rio. He admits to lacking self-confidence at times, wondering, despite all his achievements if he still is the best. Injury - what agent Ricky Simms calls "his biggest rival" - is a source of worry to him.
In press conferences, I have heard him, talk about spending hours playing computer games because he cannot go out and do normal things without being mobbed. The film reveals something of his exciting, glamorous but, at times, boring life.
For me the most fascinating insight was Bolt's reaction to remarks by Justin Gatlin in a TV interview. Bolt clearly felt disrespected by the convicted drugs cheat, who, as Bolt points out, has never beaten him in a championship race. While in public, Bolt normally plays down the rivalry been the pair, privately it clearly means a lot to him not to be beaten by Gatlin.
An excellent film. Catch it in a cinema, as a digital download on DVD or Blu-Ray.