Made by director James Toback, Tyson tracks the boxer’s career from his days as a teenage thief and drug dealer in Brooklyn to undisputed champion, and his dramatic fall from grace to incarceration for rape.
“Tyson” is an alleged documentary of Mike Tyson. The reason I say alleged is I think that the director cheated a little bit. At one point, Mike Tyson says that he hears voices, and so what the director has done has split the screen into three or four parts and has him repeating himself, so you have the idea that he’s actually hearing voices. The problem about this movie is I thought it was more gimmicky than reality. Mike Tyson is certainly an interesting man to look at, especially with a Maori tattoo on his face, but you don’t really have the sense that you know anything more about him at the end of the documentary than you did at the beginning, which is a major failing. What you do know is about a director that I think is cheating a bit. Is Mike Tyson a misunderstood man-child, or is he a thug, or some combination. You don’t have any sense of this by the end of the movie and I think you should, but it’s certainly a compelling 90 minutes, and if you love boxing, you may love this. On the other hand, I think it raises more questions than it answers. Wish I could give two and a half stars but given the charisma of the subject and taking into account that i hate boxing, I’ll give it the benefit of three stars.