Featuring documentary of mega-event called “Date with Destiny”. Film is about Tony Robbins who is internationally known as an entrepreneur, best-selling author, inspiring philanthropist, life and business strategist.
T.R travels to 12 countries a year, seeing over 200,000 people annually, including big world leaders and celebrities. Like most well-known salesmen, Tony Robbins is a master storyteller.
Once a year in the U.S. Robbins conducts a six-day event called Date with Destiny, that costs $4.995 to attend. Each of the six Days typically runs over 12 hours. This is the first time he allowed outside cameras to fully document whole progress of the event Date with Destiny.
Academy Award nominated Joe Berlinger who’s a filmmaker behind documentary said, it took him two years to convince Robbins to let him do this documentary behind scenes of his event called the man’s six-day “Date with Destiny” seminar. This mega-event is attended by over 2,500 people in Boca Raton, Florida, where film is captured to give an insider look at how one man can affect millions.
It’s guaranteed that the attendees leave Date with Destiny with new fresh mindset, perspective on life and persistence to achieving success, thoughts and feelings that motivate them to take action and help them to be better at control of their lives.
This Guru Film is emotional tour that unveils the inner-workings as well as the life changing transformations of the participants in real time. Where T.R is breaking down their life complexity problems into an easily definable understanding. From there, he helps building a step forward to happy ending, like overcoming one’s fear and low self-esteem to achieve a goals. All these transformational experiences under Tony’s guidance.
T.R is also interviewed off-stage, where he talks about his childhood and how it lead him to change peoples lives as motivational speaker. Describing himself as a “practical psychologist” who can tell truth by reading peoples body language. Tony gives every sign of being sincere in his belief that he’s changing lives for better. Besides that Joe Berlinger, whose reputation is built on skeptical investigation, suspects the title to be ironic.
The emotional, two hour documentary opens with Robbins in his element, where he helps seminar Date with Destiny attendees to deal with thoughts of suicide. His examinations that usually lasts hours, but are taken down by director Joe Berlinger to about 10 minutes each, after that It then explains us hazy Tony’s own painful past.
“I’m a kid from Azusa, California, who did not have any certainty, but I was certain of one thing. I was not about to grow up and have a family that was gonna go through what I went through. So I constructed this Tony Robbins guy. I constructed him, I created him, he was me and I built this m**********r”.
Later on, we do get a two-minute look into Robbins’ family life. Comes out that his mother was an alcoholic, addicted to pain medicine. He mentions little bit about his past and that’s it for his entrepreneurial journey. The rest of the film shines the spotlight on the seminar attendees, and Robbin’s helping them move past the trauma. Powerful and emotionally charged, but you won’t learn anymore about his personal life than what has been written about it previously.
It’s ironic that the film was titled “I Am Not Your Guru”, because we never actually get to the essence of who Robbins is as a person.
Yet we still know nothing about the self-made entrepreneur, who’s been able to inspire millions of people around the globe. One of the best parts of the documentary is the last question asked in the last minute as the credits are rolling.
“What about giving people a better understanding of who Tony Robbins is,” Berlinger asks.
For the first time in the documentary, Robbins’ “certainty” strips away as he looks slightly uncomfortable. He shrugs and says, “I don’t know that many people give a sh*t.” He laughs and adds, “Honestly, if that’s what your film’s success is based on, I think you’re in trouble.”
Luckily for Berlinger, it’s not.
Date of Destiny final thoughts:
It was emotionally touching and beautiful to watch how people connect, share their feelings and belief. 2500 people living in in the same moment all together is powerful, moving and motivating. I recommend it.