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Bicycle Dreams (2009)

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They are seekers, madmen and angels hell bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. What began as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when one of... See full summary »

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They are seekers, madmen and angels hell bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. What began as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when one of their comrades is killed in a head on collision. These voyagers thought it was their bodies that were being put to the test. But after the tragic accident, it is no longer their bodies that are at risk - it's their minds. The riders can only pray for deliverance as they pedal toward the Eastern Seaboard. Written by Anonymous

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A film which fails to match up to its hugely impressive subject matter
11 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

It's difficult not to be awed by the suffering, determination and commitment of the participants in the RAAM race - and this film clearly illustrates this. However, unlike the race, the film just doesn't go anywhere. Having set the scene, it repeatedly focuses on a number of competitors - exhibiting their struggles, but after a while this repetition feels wearing. The riders are rightly lauded for their achievements, but we don't actually learn much about them. We don't know their backgrounds, how they prepared for the race, what they ate/drank during the race, or indeed anything at all about the bikes themselves. It's extraordinary to see a "travel" film where the viewer is not even shown a map of the route. This omission stripped the film of its geographical context. We are entertained to the spiritual musings of the racers, but these appeared both incoherent and contradictory. The film is devoid of any interesting challenges to the "heroes" ( what are these people like to live with when they aren't racing / how do they combine their careers with training ). It's reverential style permitted neither humour nor an ounce of irony. A wasted opportunity to make an interesting and thought provoking movie.


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