A rider's-eye view of the thrilling, terrifying reality of the MotoGP world championship. The film captures the legendary Valentino Rossi's chase for a 10th world title and his challenges along the way including a horrific, leg-shattering crash at the Italian grand prix, an agonising comeback 41 days later, and a wave of ferociously fast young competitors including Australian Casey Stoner.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A prosthetic limb for speed freaks ... is how MotoGP bikes are sometimes called, as narrator Ewan McGregor tells it in this adrenaline hit of a doco. The first five or six minutes gets our heart rate up and our bums move closer to the seat's edge. There are short moments when we see some of the riders being interviewed or spraying each other with shaken champagne, but for most of the time, we're on rider-cam view or chaser-cam as the racers roar through the track at up to 210 mph. Fastest indeed. Faster than a Formula 1 car (200 mph) on the same tracks.
Yet there is a ton of information in the narration, most of it too dense to recall, but enjoyably told by McGregor (himself a big fan) in his gentle brogue. Valentino Rossi, the young champ at the top of the tree and the star of this film, speaks in charmingly broken English - but there are some Aussie accents as well, including Casey Stoner as well as some key team staff.
As well as race stats and crash stats, there is a section that covers the technical aspects of the bikes, and the constant search for even the smallest refinements that will give the rider more feel for the track surface, and thus more confidence ... and thus more willingness to increase speed.
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CAST: Documentary featuring Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner
NARRATION: Ewan McGregor
PRODUCER: Paul Taublieb, Mark Neale
DIRECTOR: Mark Neale
SCRIPT: Mark Neale
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Grant Gee, Jan Zabeil
EDITOR: Rochelle Watson, Mark Neale
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 10, 2011
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