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Project Grizzly Review


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Attacked by a grizzly bear at the age of 19, Troy Hurtubise decided to see if he couldn't design a suit to resist the attack of one of the world's most fearsome creatures. That this idea came to him during a screening of RoboCop says quite a bit about Hurtubise's character.

Six suits and seven years later, Hurtubise took his Ursus Mark VI out for a field test, roaming the Canada countryside in search of a bear to attack him and his impervious suit -- an enormous, layered getup of rubber, chainmail, and Kevlar that looks patently absurd. Meanwhile, we are treated to Hurtubise's development process, a tour through the suit in its various incarnations, and some of his crazier tests, which include being shot at with a gun (he's not inside while it happens), hit with giant logs, beaten with baseball bats, and being hurled off a cliff. In these brief moments, the film shines... but then director Peter Lynch lets him start to talk (long on metaphysical nonsense and pseudo-military jargon).

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