TT3D: Closer to the edge review
Biker fan or not, I dare you not to have heard about the prestigious Isle of Man TT race. I fall into the latter category, but still find the idea of a 200mph road race that's been run since 1907 on public road fascinating and plain scary in equal measure.
If like me, you want to learn more about the Tourist Trophy, or are a massive fan of all things two-wheeled, I think that TT3D:Closer to the Edge is a must-watch film.
The film starts with a detailed but punchy introduction to the Isle of Man TT race; this is done by a mixture of archive footage and interviews with old and current riders, fans and locals.
Overall, I found this part of the film fascinating and even though I had a basic knowledge I definitely learnt more about what the TT is about.
After the introduction to the race, the action centres on current Isle of Man TT riders: John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and Ian Hutchinson. At the centre of the story is "people's champion" Guy Martin, who's now a minor celebrity in his own right with his BBC series "The Boat That Guy Built" on TV at the moment.
A lorry mechanic by day, it's Martin's dream to win the TT, and we follow him as he obsessively builds up to the 2010 TT. I really liked Guy's eccentric, couldn't give a damn attitude, that seems to be at odds with the other racers featured and I felt that it really helped the flow of the film.
TT3D: Closer to the Edge is also a thought provoking film, giving great insight as to why these riders are willing to risk their lives every year. There's a long list of riders who've lost their lives in attempts to become "King of the Mountain", thankfully accounts of bad injuries and loss are not glossed over but are openly and frankly discussed.
Most heart-wrenching of all is the story of Bridget Dobbs, the wife of the late Paul Dobbs who died in the Supersport 2 race at the 2010 TT. Whilst obviously devastated at the loss of her husband, it's clear that she understands that he died doing what he loved.
If you don't go to see this film for the interesting story, you should see it for the hair-raising detail. Being shot in 3D technology, you really do get a feel of what's it's to take part in the race on public roads in excess of 200mph, as the colours are more vivid and the shots are more detailed.
TT3D: Closer to the edge is on general release from April 20, check out the official trailer of the film below: