Six novice riders-father, sons and friends-take on the Colorado backcountry on BMW F800GS adventure bikes to create a film about life, meaning and the longing to be part of something epic ...
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Six novice riders-father, sons and friends-take on the Colorado backcountry on BMW F800GS adventure bikes to create a film about life, meaning and the longing to be part of something epic that is written on every human heart. John Eldredge, author of the New York Times best-seller Wild at Heart (4 million copies sold) and his three sons are joined by two friends for a thousand-mile ride through the best dual-sport tracks the Centennial State has to offer, serving up a thoughtful documentary on life's deepest questions. "Everyone is looking for a story worth living," is the line that opens the film-an adventure narrative that captures the highs and lows of dual-sport riding, including a bone breaking crash on Engineer Pass. "We set out to tell a story about story," Eldredge explains. "Too many adventure films are high on great footage but desolate when it comes to content and meaning. You can only watch so many Red Bull adrenaline shots till you want something meatier-a film that talks...
The movie was originally billed as something of an adventure motorcycle movie, marketed heavily in motor sports circles. Early on in their pre-release marketing, the filmmakers pulled in Charley Boorman from Long Way Round to give his thumbs up for the film. I'm certain Charley regrets his support now.
The movie isn't about motorcycles at all. It is about a group of evangelical Christian guys promoting their amateur religious weblog and books, while riding motorcycles for the first time, pretending to be something they are not.
Pretty much everything was scripted, staged to make it look spontaneous but failing horribly at every turn. Despite their efforts to sell this film as some kind of "story", there is no story. They just keep repeating the notion that everything is a story, and every story is simply a retelling of an even greater story, which they eventually explain is The Gospel of Jesus. The word "story" is so overused that it becomes meaningless, and one finds it easier to draw parallels with Spinal Tap than the New Testament. In fact, I left the theater feeling like I'd just left an SNL parody sketch.
I was so disappointed with this film, and I apologized to my wife for taking her to see it on our date night. She apologized to me for not dragging me out after the first 10 minutes. Half the people in our theater left half way through.
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