Film Review – TT3D: Closer to the Edge

TT3D poster

I’m a bit of a sucker for boys on bikes if the truth be known. So I was gutted when the screening invite for TT3D:Closer to the Edge came through, and I was already booked. Still, never one to pass up an opportunity, I invited Gaelle from Moto Race Reports to act as a guest reviewer.

The Isle of Man TT is one of the most prestigious motorcycle racing event in the world and one of the very few held on closed public roads.

Since 1907, men (and women) flock to the island to race fast bikes and try to win the “King of the Mountain” title. The film follows riders (mainly Guy Martin, John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson) throughout their Isle of Man TT adventure.

So if you are not into bike racing, what’s in there for you?

To start with it provides a good short introduction to the history of Isle of Man TT using old archive footage and accounts from insiders (current & Ex riders, fans, people who live on the island…). A fascinating story, well presented, which makes it easy for the uninitiated to understand what the TT is all about.

The film was shot in 3D last year, using the latest technology available and includes scenes on the bikes themselves in hair-raising detail., giving you a taste of what it is like to race down a public road at 200mph! Even bits that are not in 3D are enhanced. The colours are more vivid, the screen seems more vibrant. It definitely adds to the experience.

Thrills aside, the human stories are what make this documentary worth watching, whether or not you are into bike racing. The story focuses mostly on 4 Isle of Man TT riders: Guy Martin, John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and Ian Hutchinson. Each rider comes with his own personal story, his own personality, but Martin pretty much steals the show. Many of you have probably come across Guy on the BBC in “The Boat That Guy Built” series. Truck mechanic, Dambusters expert, tea addict, a racer and Jack of all trades, Guy’s humour and “don’t give a damn” attitude really carries the film along.

The movie provides a great insight into the reasons why riders are prepared to risk their lives every year. Many have died tragically in their attempt to become the “King of the Mountain” and there are several accounts of bad injuries and loss through the film. Most touching of all is the story of Bridget Dobbs (wife of the late Paul Dobbs). The woman is a tower of strength who understands that her husband died doing what he loved. In her own words: “I’ve lost my husband , but the TT is still magical, it is bigger than the guys who are here today”. Bridget embraces life and really is a true inspiration.

In the end, “TT3D: Closer to the Edge” would appeal to anyone with a heartbeat. It combines laughter, tears, friendships, love, speed…The movie provides food for thought about freedom of choice and the importance of living life to its fullest.

TT3D: Closer to the Edge, narrated by Jared Leto, will be released in the UK on April 22nd.


~ by moviegrrlreviews on April 5, 2011.

2 Responses to “Film Review – TT3D: Closer to the Edge”

  1. I seen this Movie last evening. What a Show, I will never forget it.
    It has every thing Emotion,Thrills,Spills,Laughter, Guy Martin is the Man what a loos cannon he is and the sport needs more like him.
    To have collected the footage within the time frame of the TT must have been a awesome task as you cannot go back the next week and do a second shoot. The production teem are to be commended, the content and direction was superb.
    Thanks to them all and I wish them every success.

  2. […] A special Thank You to Moviegrrl for inviting me to review. Her website can be found HERE […]

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