Transformer ★★★

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The movie struggles to overcome the setup and the inherent fascination of watching Janae's body on camera. It touches on interesting relationships (parents, children, gym buddies), but doesn't achieve insight to match the visual power. The wordless psych-up deadlift scene was tremendous, capturing anger, indecision, and most of all -enormous struggle.

Of all the physical feats in the film, the most impressive was the skill of the doctors. The surgery footage is brutal, even scarier than somebody struggling against many times their body weight, yet manages to bring Janae happiness.

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