United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against substantial odds, these riders take on the international circuit. The film offers unique insights into the first five years of their journey, bearing witness to the ethos of the team as embodied by all - from the strongest to most embattled members. Out of a culture that embraces a deeply human approach to sport, unlikely champions are born, and seemingly improbable team and personal goals are achieved.Written by
Let me state at the outset that I am not a bicycle rider. However, I do enjoy "long form" documentaries on the big screen. Earlier this year, I saw "Le Ride" and thought it to be fantastic. "All for One" is not in its class, both in storytelling and presentation, but it is most enjoyable, entertaining, and is several places, terrifying. The story is essentially a history over several years of the Australian financed cycling team "Green Edge" and we follow many of the managers, drivers (several of whom seem to be closer to daredevils as far as I could tell - why there aren't more crashes involving support cars mystified me) and of course the cyclists themselves. The cyclists are case studies in determination and commitment, and the parents we meet are really engaging and supportive people, even though they must be deservedly concerned about the nature of this sport. We almost had to close our eyes on the cobblestone sections of some of these races - just amazing! The actual production of this film was a little patchy, because it cut from one scene or interview to another at a pace possibly meant to mirror the hectic scenes they were reporting. I found this excessive cutting to be annoying. However, the two cyclists they chose to "feature" in the film were marvellous choices (I will say no more.), and we learnt a lot about a very expensive sport which we will never experience in our lives.
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