103. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

9.5/10
Director: Richard De Aragues
Starring:Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness

If you walk into the cinema not knowing what TT stands for (like I did… it stands for ‘Tourist Trophy’ by the way), or have never really had any interest in things that make loud noises and smell funny when they zoom past, you might be wondering why you’ve even bought yourself a ticket to watch TT3D: Closer to the Edge. Regardless of how much knowledge you have on motorbikes, or the Isle of Man title ‘King of the Mountain’ that is fought for every year by the world’s best bikers (who knew right?), Closer to the Edge is an exciting and breath-takingly visual film that will have you appreciating the creative qualities of 3D for perhaps the first time.

A pretty awesome Guy

Closer to the Edge follows young, and incredibly likeable biker, Guy Martin, whose unruly hair and endlessly chatty personality make for an entertaining and interesting focus for the film. In the weeks leading up to the five important races of the TT event that each have records to break, titles to win and consecutive victories to tally, we are introduced to the individual practices, ambitions and motivations behind each of the prominent contenders. The most thrilling and captivating character in the film, however, is the event itself. The TT Isle of Man attracts fans from all over the world, scrabbling to get autographs from their favourite bikers and watch the action that takes place on the track. And while all they’ll see is a few bikes whizzing past (you can’t even see them very well to be honest because they go so freakin’ fast), it is the atmosphere, the tension, the risks and the personalities that make the event so incredibly magnetic and powerful.

Director Richard De Aragues does a first place job in capturing this. As the world’s first 3D sports documentary, Closer to the Edge gives visual beauty to a sport that is capable of killing its sportsmen and testing the very limits of one’s will and ambition. From helicopter shots to the tight tension of close ups, Closer to the Edge masters the speed, movement and emotional journey of a race that many may hesitate to watch, simply because it’s a sports documentary. Nevertheless, it is one of the most captivating and exciting films to watch on screen. And in 3D too.

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