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The Crash Reel (2013)

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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 ... See full summary »


Lucy Walker
12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Pearce ... Self
Shaun White ... Self
Mason Aguirre ... Self
Daniel Amen Daniel Amen ... Self
Sarah Burke ... Self
Rory Bushfield ... Self
Danny Davis Danny Davis ... Self
Kyla Donnelly Kyla Donnelly ... Self
Ellery Hollingsworth Ellery Hollingsworth ... Self
C.R. Johnson C.R. Johnson ... Self (as CR Johnson)
Scotty Lago Scotty Lago ... Self
Jack Mitrani Jack Mitrani ... Self
Luke Mitrani Luke Mitrani ... Self
Stephen Murray Stephen Murray ... Self
Adam Pearce Adam Pearce ... Self


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 Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him. We also celebrate Sarah Burke who crashed in Park City and died January 19, 2012. Written by Anonymous

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The film also premiered at the X Games on January 23, 2013 in Aspen as the first ever movie to play as a featured part of the event. See more »


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Written by Ben Howard (as Benjamin John Howard)
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Moving, Powerful, and Difficult (and perhaps a bit misleading)
22 July 2013 | by SalsaBoy2010See all my reviews

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 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.

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