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Plot: Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the .. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 04 Oct 2013
An Incredible Must See Documentary (by stuartthomas55)
This is the most amazing documentary I have ever seen. Kevin Pearce, his fabulous family and his friends are an inspiration to us all. What an advert for the importance of family and friends, but most of all the human spirit and what can be achieved with the right attitude and support of your family and friends. Kevin Pearce has just jumped to number 1 of my all time favourite and most admired and respected people on the planet. Number 1 on my bucket list - meet Kevin Pearce!! Brilliantly made documentary, sadness, happiness, admiration, respect, the list goes on for the words I could use to <more>
describe everybody involved. Kevin Pearce - you are a legend!!
Excellent moving- I was immediately rooting for KP (by Leigh_mullinax-739-731241)
Absolutely loved this film! I randomly turned it on on HBO and was immediately interested, even though I don't know much about snowboarding. It was interesting to learn about competitive snowboarding & how dangerous it is. Clearly there needs to be more regulations in extreme sports- and at the very very least competitors should be covered under their sponsors, the venues or the media's who's covering them insurance. I was so glad to hear Kevin's sponsors stuck with him thru out his ordeal.I feel in love with the Pierce family who are so loving!Best of luck to you KP <more>
My email to a friend who recommended the movie to me: Hey, so I just watched "The Crash Reel" and I dunno if I've ever cried that much to a movie.While this wasn't the deciding factor, it certainly opened up a look into a very scary aspect of life and I would appreciate one on the football side of things, because you don't even need to experience an actual accident to realize the side effects of brain trauma. Football has natural side effects and from the sounds of it, some don't even occur until years later.I just kept thinking "Nope, my kid's not doing <more>
this." I love snowboarding, and I hope they'll want to experience it someday...but that adrenaline addiction is what hurts the most. I think education about addiction needs to be pushed in schools, but...what's scary is...When "Just say no" commercials serve as advertisements for a drug... ...maybe healthy balance should be taught in schools.Either way, the kid, Kevin Pearce, is a good influence.
Fantastic documentary - and you don't need to love snowboarding to love it (by gbill-74877)
This is a documentary that will stick with you. It chronicles the story of Kevin Pearce, who was one of the best snowboarders in the world prior to suffering a career-ending brain injury during a practice run 49 days before the 2010 Olympics. While that may seem like a story fairly narrow in scope, this is a layered film, and you certainly don't need to be a huge snowboarding fan to love it. It's human drama, asks some fundamental questions, and is brilliantly told by director Lucy Walker.To start with, there is the accident itself, which was not only caught on film, but which had <more>
filmmakers there beforehand, as Pearce and his buddies in the 'Frends' crew so named because there is no I in friends were gearing up for the Olympics. The way Walker presents it is masterful: after the guys play rock-paper-scissors to determine the run order, Pearce drops in, everything seems routine, and then he falls so unexpectedly. There is no build-up, it's just as it happened, and just as things happen in life. She was there to film the immediate aftermath with friends and family, and then stuck with the story for 4 years, on Pearce's long road to recovery, which was filled with physical, mental, and spiritual challenges.Along the way, Walker rewinds through Pearce's childhood and his ascent to becoming a serious challenger to Shaun White if not already better than him in the years between the 2006 Olympics and 2009, having beaten him in several competitions. That caused White to kick Pearce out of his apartment, effectively ending their friendship these two Friends, despite going back to when they were young, certainly had an 'I' in their relationship, that belonging to White . White is interviewed for the film, and far from demonizing him or exercising a heavy hand, Walker simply lets the facts and people speak for themselves. White is a genius snowboarder but also a selfish loner, obsessed with winning, which runs counter to the sport's culture; while Pearce is just as competitive, he's beloved for his attitude and generosity.But this is really the story of what happens in recovery. Pearce first struggles just to survive and then to regain control of basic body functions, but all along he still has the dream of returning to snowboarding. However, he has TBI Traumatic Brain Injury , which creates a whole host of complications: memory loss, mood swings, impulse control issues, diminished ability to decide things for himself, and substantially higher risk for serious injury if he hits his head again. The sport is full of people who have gone back to it after one TBI only to get another, and become incapacitated or die. In a moving and disturbing scene, Pearce meets one such guy, who, while still mobile, is pretty far gone, and abusive to his own mother.Pearce's family is, quite frankly, amazing. It's so close-knit and a model of unity and love, with both parents supporting their son but calmly expressing their concerns. His brothers simply do the same. The documentary really fleshes all of them out, showing footage from them growing up, the brothers competing including David, who has Down's syndrome, in handicapped competitions , and the dad's glass-making business. As Pearce stubbornly persists in his desire to snowboard when it almost seems laughable to the rest of us who are not the best in the world at something and who may forget it would be like telling Mozart he could no longer make music , the fundamental question starts to emerge: when does your decision to pursue your passion, the thing that drives you, become selfish because of the grave risks, and what you've put your loved ones through? To see these conversations with doctors, therapists, friends, and at the family dinner table, and to see them evolve over the years, is outstanding filmmaking.A question specific to the sport, of course, is safety. With wall height increasing in 'super pipes' and the explosion of stunts, athletes literally need to practice new tricks on runs with foam or mattress landings because of the risk. As Pearce's father says, and so rationally even after everything that's happened, the athlete will always push himself, and in other sports such as auto racing, eventually there were rules for things like engine size for safety.We see Sarah Burke, a pioneer who pushed getting super pipe skiing added to the Olympics in 2014, interviewed with her boyfriend Rory Bushfield, talking about Pearce but also her passion for the sport despite all the injuries she's sustained over the years, then we see her get married to Bushfield, and then we hear she died tragically at the exact same spot Pearce had his accident. It's ominous and moving to hear her say "It's what our lives are, is being on the hill. And there's a reason for that — it's amazing. It's where we met, it's where we play, we live...", and then Bushfield gently adding "and hopefully where we'll die." There is a cringe-inducing crash reel of sorts shown for other falls towards the end, for both snowboarding and motorcycle stunt riding, but Walker uses restraint and does not sensationalize. As Pearce eventually comes to a place of acceptance, one can't help but be touched by his story and by his family and friends who stuck with him, and yet also feel concerned for the sport, despite the majesty and beauty of athletes skillfully twirling through the air at what seem like impossible heights. The soundtrack is excellent and adds to the emotional impact the film makes. I didn't know Pearce's story or really understand what this documentary was going to be about, and ended up riveted.
If you like snowboarding or not I think this is an amazing look into a life of and amazing person with an amazing family. Kevin is a superstar snowboarder when a tough break forces him into changing his entire life. This piece of work is so well done. One of my favorite documentaries of all time.
Moving, Powerful, and Difficult and perhaps a bit misleading (by SalsaBoy2010)
I saw the The Crash Reel several days ago after its debut on HBO. It has resonated with me ever since -- mostly because of the story and the humanity of its protagonist, the World Class snowboarder Kevin Pearce -- but also because of the exquisite soundtrack that director Lucy Walker utilized to fuse this very emotional subject to the viewer's experience.Traumatic Brain Injury TBI is a silent and insidious condition. The difficulty of documentaries such as this is that they tend to portray the victims in as positive a light as possible, with the most optimistic of outcomes. The sad <more>
truth of many survivors is that their lives are extremely difficult as they work inordinately hard to maintain just a fraction of the life they used to live. The documentary only hints at these lingering deficits, and it is impossible to know the truth of where Mr. Pearce presently stands in his recovery. I would muster to guess that his life is much more restrictive and frustrating than the movie suggests. This is the primary reason for my less than perfect rating. I would have preferred a more honest assessment of Mr. Pearce's functionality post-injury instead of what I viewed as an unnecessary, though human, detour into the struggles of one of his brothers with Down Syndrome.
An essential documentary for the year. (by Sergeant_Tibbs)
The Crash Reel is one mountain of an emotional journey. It starts as one thing and it blossoms, changing its mind frequently but touching all possible ground for its subject. At first, it's a montage documentary from sports footage about a rivalry nearly worthy to be this year's Senna. Then it becomes a film about recovery, then a comeback film, then a film that spreads awareness about the incidents of extreme sports, but then it results in a film fittingly about accepting who you are. Despite shifting focus in a stream-of-consciousness way, it's still a very human story and <more>
it's told so elegantly and coherently that it's almost difficult to believe some shots are real because it's so ideal for the scene. Director Lucy Walker has a great sense for capturing the drama. It's the tragedy of someone not being able to do their life's passion that is truly felt even if the unfortunately true arrogant attitude of snowboarders lead me to struggle to sympathise with some of them at times. Perhaps if the documentary was framed with hindsight of Kevin Pearce's ultimate change at the start of the film then it wouldn't feel so unfocused but nevertheless, it never diminishes its emotional power as it tells us the physical and psychological expense athletes of extreme sports go through. An essential documentary for the year with vibrant visuals, kinetic editing and great soundtrack too.8/10
A very interesting look at the dangers of snowboarding (by Red-Barracuda)
I'm a skier and have hitherto always found a certain type of snowboarder a little annoying. I'm not stating this to be confrontational or anything but simply to illustrate how successful The Crash Reel is. Not only is it very well made and emotionally strong but it has instilled in me a new found respect for snowboarding. It tells the story of Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder who was a favourite to make the American Winter Olympic team for Vancouver 2009. He was the main rival for Shaun White – the greatest boarder there has been – and he was slowly picking up trophies and his career <more>
was about to go into hyper-drive. It was at this point that he suffered an accident on a half-pipe that left him brain damaged. It's a story that has been told in different parts – firstly as a sports documentary about the rise of a new star, then about a man trying to recover from a brain injury and lastly about acceptance and wisdom gained through experience. In adopting this approach it covers a lot of ground and leaves you with a lot of different things to ponder over, such as the dangers of snowboarding and the importance of the family unit.In some respects the scariest thing about The Crash Reel was how easily and innocuously the fateful accident happened. It wasn't a spectacular crash but one you could easily envisage happening to any boarder capable of tackling the big half-pipes. It makes you ponder the very real dangers involved in the sport and how quickly everything can change. The tragedy of Pearce is that he instantly became a young man unable to do the one thing he excelled at. But as the film later illustrates he was lucky, as we learn of different boarders and skiers who are actually killed. The film functions partly as a warning about the dangers of extreme sports both physically and psychologically. But it also celebrates the sport too with lots of incredible snowboarding footage. But it's the family scenes that often leave the biggest impression. The Pearce's are clearly a strong and loving family and their many scenes with Kevin, trying to reason with him about not getting back on a board again are heart-felt. It's in these moments that the other star of the documentary emerges, namely Kevin's brother David who suffers from Downs Syndrome. David was often the voice of reason and was an extremely fascinating character. It made me think that we simply never hear the voices of people who suffer David's condition. And judging by The Crash Reel it is a voice well worth hearing.All-in-all, this is an excellent documentary that scores points in several areas. It made me go away and think about things and that's really what it's all about at the end of the day.