Hot Docs review: The Game Changers

The Cove director Louis Psihoyos's latest film follows elite athletes thriving on plant-based diets

THE GAME CHANGERS (Louis Psihoyos, Canada/U.S.). 88 minutes. Rating: NNN

Louis Psihoyos follows elite athletes who have thrived on plant-based diets, overturning the argument that a vegetarian regimen will weaken you.

With UFC fighter James Wilks leading the way, the pic spotlights everyone from track-and-field star Carl Lewis to Arnold Schwarzenegger and beyond, making a strong case for saying no to meat.

But when the pic turns to science it gets confusing. A segment on the meat industry’s marketing techniques is too long – just compare it to tobacco strategies and be done with it. And the film’s appeal to vanity and men’s virility is problematic. Better to concentrate more on how plant-based diets could save the planet.

Apr 27, 6 pm, TIFF 1 Apr 28, 10:30 am, Isabel Bader May 5, 12:45 pm, Hot Docs Cinema

Correction: April 24, 2018 An earlier version of this review incorrectly stated the strongest man in the doc was shown eating cheese derived from milk. He was eating a plant-based cheese. We regret the error.

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