Directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt
Opens October 21
On the heels of the turgid battling-brothers drama Warrior, Sebastian Dehnhardts flashily edited German documentary arrives, dramatizing the stranger-than-fiction real-life story of Ukrainian-born brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who as of this writing hold between them all of the four world heavyweight belts. Dehnhardt has a more challenging task than James Toback did with Tyson, for his subjects, drilled into adulthood by a disciplinarian military father, have none of Kid Dynamites fascinating capacity for self-dramatization, self-destruction, and self-pitynor his powder-keg presence in the ring. (Trainer Emanuel Steward notes the surgical precision of Dr. Steelhammer Wladimirs mature style.) There is a brief analysis of the brothers contrasting stances, though not a great deal of undiluted ringside footageDehnhardt has instead an especial weakness for slo-mo shots of opponents faces being accordiond on impact. Fight fans will still find much of interest, including some surreptitious footage of Don King unsuccessfully wooing the young brothers by playing Mozart on a player piano, and as queasily graphic an illustration of the cutmans art as I have ever seen, from Vitalis fight with Lennox Lewis.