Best documentary about freight-train riders ever made.
There have been many documentaries made about this subject, the subject of train- riding and train-hopping in modern day America - and they are all equally nauseating, over-dramatic, and puke-inducing to watch. That's why this one struck me so hard. AS somebody who's been living this way for the past four years, and hadn't stayed in one place for longer than two months in three years, this documentary came off reeking of honesty and a lack of cheesy romanticism, and as a result, in the end - beauty. No romanticizing here. I picked up almost nothing on the bullshit radar when I saw this movie. It is a straight- forward, honest look at a way that a few people (thank god) still choose to live their lives, and it offers no delusions about the many pitfalls and downsides to this lifestyle and culture - heroin addiction, poverty, death - as well as some of the positive sides - freedom, (relative) lack of want, solitude, grace (depending on who you ask) and the ability to experience some intriguingly beautiful scenery firsthand, raw, and in the flesh rather than from the window of a car on the god damned junk-and-fast-food-littered highway.
This is by far the most worth-while documentary of it's kind made, and if you've watched Emperor of the North and now want to see a modern-day explanation of why and how this type of subculture still exists, and you can only watch one - this is the one. Not only is it honest and not melodramatic, but it's put together with some real tact and skill, so that even though it's a documentary, it plays out like a story. I'd recommend this to all.
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