Elon Musk: The Real Life Iron Man

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Discover the meteoric rise of Elon Musk, the man who is transforming the way we think about travel techlogy through electric cars, the Hyperloop, andrevolutionary ideas on how we live through artificial intelligence and colonizing Mars.
Sonia Anderson
Elon MuskPer Wimmer
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Marcus SearanckeAlena WalkerLise RomanoffSonia Anderson
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JaegersenReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
It's wrong to compare zuckerberg with Musk.
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Toward the end, they put mark zuckerberg side by side with Elon Musk which is very very wrong. mark has nothing compare the great Inventor Elon Musk. FB is a stolen idea and in the past decade FB has nothing innovative or contributing the the world. It's just a internet money making machine or an internet bully platform.

3 stars taken away.
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John WernerReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Should Be Seen By Everyone...Especially Fertile Young Minds.
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Disrupting long standing powerful institutions and people sounds scary if not impossible. When it happens for the good of society it’s rare as there is always a push back. In the 20th century I can only think of a few such individuals who achieved disruptions that advanced the world for good. Einstein and Tesla come to mind. These people are exceedingly rare. In the last part of the twentieth century a young man came along few saw as one of history’s greats. That would be Elon Musk. It’s only 2019 and I feel his stature is close if not on par with Einstein and Tesla. Like those his beginnings were humble in a way never hinting what would eventually come forth. This makes Elon Musk a fascinating figure.

This documentary does an excellent job of an overview of Elon Musk’s life. We see early struggles in both family life and school. Perhaps we see some of the elements, combined with his special intellect, that shaped a man who is still accomplishing amazing firsts. He has shown an amazing aptitude for taking anything he gets behind to a whole different level. He didn’t invent electronic payment systems, electric cars, rockets, batteries, or even solar powered panels. Yet, in each of these areas he advanced these at a different and vastly advanced way. The mind of Elon Musk is most assuredly somehow more open and forward than his peers. His drive is also unique. He has become a billionaire innovator and inventor that doesn’t rest. He looks further ahead and makes it his job to do it now.

The film here is much more interesting simply because the subject may be the most interesting living person presently advancing science and technology for the betterment of mankind. He is no shrinking violet. It is generally believed no one can take on the leading automobile manufacturers of the world. History has proven this with Tucker and DeLorean auto companies attempting and failing in the mass market. Musk’s Tesla is doing just that and the world’s established auto giants are now attempting to head in the same direction at their historically stodgy pace. Musk’s Space X has so impressed NASA that they’ve partnered with him. You can bet there’s board rooms in the mega power utilities and energy companies that are sweating at the mention of his ambitions. Musk is a good for humanity disrupter and I think when you watch this you’ll be amazed and a big fan. Musk is human for sure, but he’s singularly rare and it’s obvious, I think, we need him and hopefully more like him. I think this is inspirational actually. Hopefully it will inspire other great minds. I’d like to know what he thinks of nuclear fusion for starters?
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John P. Jones IIIReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Filling in a very large lacuna…
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I found this documentary very informative and well-done. Yes, I had heard of Elon Musk before, and the current rivalry with Jeff Bezos to be the world’s richest man. And I knew of Paypal, Tesla and various space ventures, but how they all fit together, and who Musk was, I had only the vaguest notion. Sonia Anderson did a good job of directing this documentary, which was released in 2018.

Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1971, of a Canadian mother and a South African father. The parents divorced at age 9, and Elon went to live with his father, which he now views as a big mistake. There were unspecified conflicts, never resolved. His mother, Maye Musk, is shown as a glamorous, sought-after model, in her 60’s. Apartheid is never mentioned, but he left South Africa as it was ending, in 1989, going to Canada for university. Thereafter, it was the USA, where he dropped out of his Stanford PhD program to work in Silicon Valley.

In the late 90’s he started an on-line yellow pages called Zip 2. He was able to sell it in a short period for $307 million, netting enough multi-millions to be able to retire in his late ‘20’s, as one commentator said, to the South of France. Instead, he plowed his winnings into a company that he wanted to be a major influence in the world of international finance: Paypal, which pioneered direct entity-to-entity payments. Conflicts with other Board members led to his removal as CEO from his own company, yet he was still the company’s largest shareholder. When eBay purchased Paypal in 2002, Musk acquired “serious folding money” which he used to finance other companies that have shaken their respective industries.

Most notable, and I certainly give him many kudos for it, is Tesla, the electric car manufacturer. He assembled the best engineers, and he is one himself, unlike most CEOs, and he likes to “tinker,” and they created a car that could go head-to-head with the very best gasoline-powered cars, like Porsche, and win the race! Space X is another major initiative. A reusable rocket is the key to making “space” a feasible proposition. After several notable failures, he succeeded – managing to have a rocket land back on the “postage stamp” size launch pad that it arose from. A major goal in his life is to establish a self-sustaining settlement on Mars. Solar City is another major initiative. He has created a way of providing electric power in remote areas, off-the-grid, without having those clunky car batteries for storage.

Two current initiatives that also at one time seemed to be difficult to impossible are Hyperloop, a vacuum tube that would be underground and capable of transporting passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour; and Neuralink, dedicated to ways of controlling Artificial Intelligence, so it does not control us.

No question, any one of the above is an impressive achievement, in areas that can greatly benefit humankind. I had concerns however that the documentary edged too much toward hagiography. A person who did PR for him was one of the major sources. One academic who analyzes high-achievers ties it to incidents in their childhood, such as bullying. In Musk’s case, it was how much time he spent alone, without caring parenting. So, it would be interesting to know how his own family does. With his first wife, Justin Wilson, they lost their first baby to SIDS, at 10-weeks. To compensate, she started taking fertility drugs, and the couple soon had triplets and twins, for a total of five. Yet how much caring parenting is he giving them when he still works 12-16-hour days and insists all his other startup employees do also? Not to mention his involvement with glamourous second and third wives.

Overall, a good documentary that will help me want to stay tuned to the man and his further achievements. 4-stars.
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LauraReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting if not quite what I expected
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I am fascinated by Elon Musk and what he has accomplished in a relatively short period of time. I am very glad he was born and is successfully engineering segments of our future and disrupting our lives. SpaceX, Solar City, Tesla are all wonderful and amazing. Of course change happens so fast this documentary is already out of date. That doesn't detract from it being interesting and impressing us. I wish I could afford a Tesla. I wish I could travel to Mars. I wish I had the money to put Solar Panels on my house and live more sustainably. I don't feel bitter that I won't achieve those things and really all I can say is "Bravo, Elon!"

I had hoped there would be more of him talking. In reality, there is only very little of him and a lot of various people being interviewed talking ABOUT him -- so I was not expecting that but after watching this I still am glad I watched it and it is recommended.
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Thomas B. CanterReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Who funded this, I wonder.
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ReviewerReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
one-sided documentary
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I preface my review by stating that I have a great deal of respect for Elon Musk and that I’m perfectly happy with older style “heroic”/“great man” biographies. Unfortunately, this documentary comes across as an infomercial for Elon Musk’s investors. A good biography should illustrate a man’s struggles and setbacks in order to provide insight into the human condition. This documentary does not do that and consequently makes Musk appear much less interesting than he is.
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B. ChandlerReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
One big soundbite hodgepodge.
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They have a problem with one person getting through the whole “Elon Musk” story. It is a hand full of people that repeat and repeat themselves and never get to any conclusion.

There is a redeeming value of the fact that the presentation is somewhat in chronological order.

Most of the story is well known; however, there is an occasional surprise allowing you to say “I did not know that.”

After discussing the various facets of Must achievements, the is a small focus on What if A.I. no longer needs people or at least runs the world?
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So, the thinking is brain/A.I/ interface. Let us hope it is not “Watson.”

Let us think off the deep end:
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Or the English version [[ASIN:B001R88C6I The Thirteenth Floor]]

Next, we are introduced to “The Boring company.”

Being a tad dated we do not see the latest updates including” Elon Musk says he has moved to Texas. That factory is Tesla's Giga Texas — will be used to build Tesla's Cybertruck, Semi, as well as the Model 3 and Y for the Eastern part of the United States.
Mike WelchReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elon Musk is a refreshing change in a world of conventional thinkers
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Elon Musk: The Real Life Iron Man is part documentary and part public relations, just how much of which is for the viewer to decide. While his ventures have had their fair share of setbacks, he somehow manages to land on his feet and continues to enjoy enormous success. The film is as interesting as a good scifi, but with less reliance on fiction. From PayPal to the Tesla car company and beyond, Elon Musk demonstrates prowess in both business and engineering, with apparent good will driving his decisions. Check it out and draw your own conclusions.
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