The Wednesday Review: TT3D: Closer To The Edge

In celebration of the 2012 Isle of Man TT race which is currently taking place, here is my brief review of TT3D: Closer To The Edge.

Director – Richard De Aragues
Starring – Guy Martin plus a number of other very brave souls
Written by – Documentary
Year – 2011
Running Time – 103 mins
 

The annual Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race is simply the greatest motorcycle event in the world and the ultimate test for man and machine.  The race was first run in 1907 and since 1911 has been run over 4 laps of the “Snaefell Mountain Course” covering 150 miles of narrow country lanes, containing over 200 corners with stone walls, lamp posts and other hard and unforgiving surfaces waiting for any rider that makes a mistake.

It is by far the most dangerous course in the world.  There are no run-off areas which seem to dominate todays MotoGP tracks.  At the TT one mistake and its over, often literally.  The lap record is currently held by John McGuinness with an average speed of an incredible 131.578 mph.

In spite of its dangers, or more likely because of it, the TT is still the worlds most popular motorbike event with riders, mechanics and spectators flocking to this small island off North West England during the last week of May and the first week of June, to celebrate this festival of motorcycling culture.  The blue ribbon machines are the 1000cc superbikes who race five times during the race week, with the most prestigious race being held on the final Friday.

TT3D: Closer To The Edge, documents the 2010 TT race and follows a selection of riders (mainly Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson), mechanics and family members in the run up to and throughout the event itself.  It is a hard-hitting documentary that beautifully captures the spirit of the race and studies why these few elite racers are prepared to risk the ultimate price in pursuit of speed and victory and the affect this has on their loved ones.

No previous knowledge of bike racing in required to watch this incredible film, just a firm belief in human spirit, the freedom of choice and the desire to win.  I cannot recommend this film highly enough.

★★★★

Review by Will Malone
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3 Responses to The Wednesday Review: TT3D: Closer To The Edge

  1. Great review. I too saw this recently and although I really don’t like bikes I loved the film. I loved the passion that the riders and fans had and how it is the last bastion of crazyness in a health and safety era. I think Guy Martin, although sometimes is a bit of a dick, is really likeable.

  2. Ryan McNeely says:

    Nice review dude. I just watched this a few weeks ago but now I want to go back and see it again!

    • Will Malone says:

      Thanks Buddy, its amazing how well it stands up to a second viewing, still jam full of tension. Fingers crossed for Guy Martin in this years race.

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