Aroview: Another in the popular docu-genre of fearless frontierism, Slovenian celebrity figure and swim-a-holic Martin Strel attempts his most ambitious and hazardous feat - to swim the entire length of the Amazon river.
Compounding the against-the-odds factor, Strel is a wine-guzzling 52-year-old with a sizeable girth and a penchant for horse-burgers. Assisted by his son (who narrates) and an American greenhorn as his guide, the three characters head into unchartered waters on a delapidated Peruvian vessel while we wait for things to go badly wrong. Exploring both the psychological and physical terrain of Werner Herzog's work, the film misses that master's courage and intuition, but the venture itself is sensational and docu-worthy, even if Strel himself proves to be an oddly elusive subject.
4 stars (Very Good) Basic in approach but the subject himself is totally captivating and a perfect example of how we are not all cut from the same mould. Almost even more entertaining is his "trusty sidekick" - possibly another doco in the making..