The world of racing has many big time races. Formula 1 has Monaco, NASCAR have the Daytona 500 and the Aussies have the Bathurst 1000. All need balls of steel and the endurance beyond what you think can be had. But these all pale into insignificance when compared to the complete the bike race that insanity is made of, The Isle Of Man TT.
While of course the other races are fast, hard and push the drivers skills to the limit, the 33 mile TT road race has always gone one step further. The complete disregard for safety. The other races to some extent have all been touched the hand of the Safety Police. Quite beyond comprehension and despite well over 200 deaths since its inception, the Isle Of Man TT has remain almost untouched by the people in Hi-Vis vests. Okay so they have been instructed to have a few hay bales thrown around the most vicious corners (and we are talking very few), some padding around lamp posts, but I think by padding they only meant some sort of thin carpet and well, that’s it! The riders are let loose riding on the public roads at some 200mph on the mountain pass and well over 150mph through the towns streets with the already mentioned lamp posts and many other very solid hazards, whizzing past just inches from the bikes and riders.
To the outsider seeing footage of this race usually generates just one question, why? Showing the 2010 race, this 3D documentary tries to show you just why these riders and their families go through this race once a year. Mainly following the incredible Guy Martin, we get to see the mentality of everyone involved and how they overcome the dangers of the TT.
Despite not actually winning a single race so far, it’s easy to see why Guy was the main subject in the film. Upon seeing other riders and their background and preparation for the race, it’s plain to see that they are nearly all the same as Micheal Schumacher. By that I mean DULL. Guy Martin on the other hand is a mish mash of Alex Higgins, James Hunt, Ronnie O’sullivan, and culminating with the greatest player never to have won the big one, Jimmy White. A lot of snooker players I know, but they all are a part of Guy. Massively charismatic (Higgins), a ladies man in the form of Hunt (though we get told in vivid detail that he isn’t a ladies man), a rule breaker (O’Sullivan) and of course the never quite able to win the big one, Jimmy White.
We follow is his run up to the race and get to see that he is a (very) down to earth, North Linconshire bloke who’d rather spend time fixing anything with an engine and getting covered in oil than lead the playboy lifestyle of a famous racer.
We also get to see how this race effects the families of those who race in particular Paul Dobbs’ life. Later it’s apparent why, when he has a tragic accident and leaves behind his wife and their two children. Yet as common among all attendees including the spectators, the complete acceptance that their time could be ended at 170mph, is fascinating to watch. So long as, with a few shown on camera, a tear may be shed.
Talking of watching, this film is an incredible visual feast. The 3D aspect brings the speed right in your face with on-board shots, superb set piece drive-bys and great artistic shots which really make this film worth catching wearing those silly specs. Also included are some brilliant still photos that are panned across showing you bikes being launched into the air. It is truly amazing to see the speed these guys ride at through the dusty, lumpy, cambered roads at such high speed and getting to see how much the bikes flex and twist with each turn, bump and jump. Brilliant stuff indeed. But of course this is the TT so we also get to see some horrific accidents. After the adrenaline of the rushing bike speeding past, there is nothing to make you think of the danger so vividly than seeing the results of getting a corner wrong or even just mechanical failure, especially when it’s all done in 3D or post production 3D.
Considering the subject though, this is not for bike lovers only however. It’s a great insight to how the human mind gets itself around the problem of death and why some of us volunteer to shake it’s hand with such passion and decisiveness that death almost doesn’t matter.
It’s truly great stuff and great use of 3D, but again it shows that 3D also has no place in the home. This on a small 3D TV would be nothing.
Film reviewed by Invisiblekid