This movie was entertaining for what it was worth, and I thought it picked up towards the end. It was contrived in many ways, but if you are trying to be a professional athelete in Australia you probably would look up to the Americans if they invented the sport. So I think that including Tony Hawk in this was not as stupid as some people think.
To people who say that this film was unrealistic, you probably haven't experienced the dingy areas of Melbourne and Sydney. The thing people are saying about it making skaters look bad is questionable because it wasn't like they were condoning their actions when they burnt the science lab down.
The plot was a bit shallow, but I thought the inclusion of the cartoons that Spasm drew on yellow post-its added to the atmosphere and gave an insight into Spasm's psychology.
I thought the way they portrayed the police was a bit far fetched but not incomprehensible. There was a familiar ring to most of the movie and I could relate a lot of it to areas and people I have seen and met. However, the acting was overdone and it kind of reminded me of something you might see on Neighbours only with better production values. I think one of the saving graces of this was the few skate tricks they actually had in it, particularly Spasm's new combo that he landed when no one was around at night. There was a notable lack of skills from the other skaters in the trio.
Maybe this movie could have been done better if they let the actors improvise more or used real skaters to advise on the dialogue. The character "Stickers" was the kind of person that really does exist in Australia, but I don't know if he should have been included here. He was amusing in a pathetic way but it seemed to be the straw that broke the camel's back.
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