X Games 3D: The Movie
I immediately regret this decision.

Theatrical Release Date: 08/21/2009
Director: Steve Lawrence
Featuring: Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Ricky Carmichael, Danny Way, Bob Burnquist, Kyle Loza

Now this is what 3D was made for! “X Games 3D: The Movie” gives you virtual front row seats to the all stars of extreme sports with camera angles and tricks that will just blow your mind. The action and danger keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch these professional extreme athletes defy gravity and push the boundaries of their bodies and sport. Unless you are a die-hard fan of X-Games, you’ve probably not heard of this movie. Advertising has been kept to a minimum, but hopefully this movie will make it up through word-of-mouth.

I went to this movie, having never heard of it and not knowing what to expect; I left completely blown away. Personally, my heart was in my throat the majority of this film. I kept hearing myself say, ‘oh my God!’ I watched in awe as these guys built bigger and better tricks, landing some and blowing others. I sat patiently as we waited for medics to evaluate participants after falls and cheered when new tricks landed. I was impressed by the dedication and insanity of these athletes. The thrill of impending doom or utter success kept the audience in suspense and I quickly came to the conclusion that these modern daredevils are complete adrenaline junkies, but fascinating to watch! This film is full of big air, big risk, and big falls.

Music (by Crystal Method) is an energetic, edgy blend that perfectly complements the high octane, daring stunts shown. The film is written and presented like a documentary, taking you on an exhilarating journey through freestyle motocross, rally car, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Narration is well written and executed nicely with interviews from various professional athletes mixed in. It was interesting to see the level of admiration and respect that these athletes had for each other and their competitors, as they spoke highly of what others had accomplished in a variety of sports. Stunts are made more interesting by being shot in 3D, giving the audience a rare glimpse into a year of extreme sports from the around the country.

I really relished this movie, and would definitely recommend it to any of you thrill seekers out there. Live vicariously or get ideas for your next crazy stunt, either way this film is well worth the money. Oddly enough, as much as I enjoyed this movie I don’t think that it’s the type of film that I can watch over and over again. This is primarily because a large part of what makes this movie work is the perspective that 3D grants the viewer. I truly feel that without being shot in 3D this film would be much more ordinary. As a result, I’m giving this film a 4 out of 5. It’s well worth shelling out the cash and 93 minutes to see this romp of a film in theaters. Enjoy!