DIR: Richard De Aragues • PRO: Steve Christian, Marc Samuelson • DOP: Thomas Kürzl • ED: Beverley Mills • Cast: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness
It would appear that 3D is being put to use in places you would never think of finding it; this year alone we’ve seen Michael Flately’s high-kicking legs and Werner Herzog’s ancient art pieces in the third dimension. And now added to this list is a documentary about a sport that zips by so fast you’d think a normal camera would have trouble keeping up. But first-time director De Aragues knows when and where to use his tricks, and the result is oftentimes visually breathtaking.
The movie centres around the 2010 Tourist Trophy Tournament on the Isle of Man, a competition so fierce that on average two people are killed on the track per year. This year’s competition centres around five racers so clichéd that if this were a fictitious film, the screenwriter would be accused of being supremely lazy. There’s the Local Lad who’s just doing it for the fun, there’s The Son Making His Dad Proud (the dad was a previous TT winner, before dying on the TT track the next year), The Old Guy Trying To Make A Triumphant Return, The Quiet Thoughtful One and then there’s Guy Martin, or The Maverick.
How much you enjoy the movie will hinge quite heavily on how much you like Guy Martin, and the filmmakers know this as most of the movie is spent in his company. You’ll either find him a dashing, potty-mouthed rogue and be cheering him on to win, or you’ll find him a brash, childish idiot and be praying for him to crash into something. Hard.
The build-up to the final races is paced well with scenes of previous races and historic crashes, interviews with female racers, families of victims of the roads and fans from all over the world who descend on this tiny island to catch a glimpse (literally) of the action. It’s hard not to get caught up in the fervour of the atmosphere, and come the nail-biting conclusion, you will undoubtedly find yourself completely hooked in.
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TT3D: Closer to the Edge is released on 22nd April 2011