Director: Mark Neale
Writer: Mark Neale
Cast: Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden, John Hopkins and Ewan McGregor as the narrator
HOW I WATCHED IT
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WHAT I THOUGHT
The 2005 USGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca sets the stage for “The Doctor, The Tornado and the Kentucky Kid”. The presentation is uneven, as all of the interview segments are typical. However, it’s the actual race that will get pulses going. The setup to the race almost feels like a cruel joke played on the audience. But, the racing action was well worth the wait.
Ewan McGregor provides masterful narration throughout the documentary. However, it feels that Obi-Wan has to spend most of his time doing all of the heavy lifting. Most of the people interviewed aren’t big talkers, so it feels like Conan O’ Brien interviewing Harrison Ford at times. That being said, I felt that the issue of risk to the racers wasn’t tackled enough.
Motocross isn’t my forte, but apparently a lot of fans online share the same complaints that the track was shit during the 2005 race. Hayden played it technical throughout the documentary, but we never got a sense of what the others racers thought. Unfortunately, they never got their own documentary. So, we’ll take the version of history that we saw here. That’s just the way it goes.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!