Streif – One Hell of a Ride (2014)

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Streif – One Hell of a Ride: Directed by Gerald Salmina, Tom Dauer. With Aksel Lund Svindal, Erik Guay, Max Franz, Yuri Danilochkin. The 75-year history of the Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbühel, Austria, one of the most famous and dangerous World Cup races in alpine skiing, is illustrated.

“The premise of this film is actually quite ambitious and interesting. The worldu0026#39;s most dangerous ski track in the world, forces that even race car drivers only rarely encounter – but skiers have no aids to work against them but plain muscles, fame and fortune if you win this vicious run on this infamous killer slope…u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe pictures actually do reflect what i just mentioned, but it keeps doing it over and over again. It seems like this filmu0026#39;s mission is to constantly remind you of the danger and significance simultaneously. It appears like no other downhill race on the world cup calender counts – only this one. In fact itu0026#39;s the holiest of holy grails but it can kill you. Do you start to see a pattern here? Actually there isnu0026#39;t much to say about the contents of this documentary. We have this dangerous track, like a wild bull, and the cowboys who can tame it, heroes, as we would call it. The framework is a very straight forward editing with heavy use of dramatic music and sound effects to underline the fury of this u0026quot;rideu0026quot; – yet, you never get to see the full ride. Although this movie spends near two hours glorifying this race you never really get a chance to hear very basic facts.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOver and over we hear preparing athletes pay their tribute and respect to this course and how it changed their lives but just after you think a chapter will be further explored it jumps around very loosely and mixes rather incoherent scenes using quick cuts.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAlthough there would be so much substance this film actually lacks a real story. It is more a portrayal of fates than actually a developing story, a TV two parter in ESPN production standards. And that makes me a little be bit sad because all the material was basically there, but the ones who put it together really should revisit film school. Although it meets all the production standards of modern documentary film making it is just not thoroughly pleasant to take a look at the clock and being told you still got an hour to go.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI call it the Transformers effect: Once you cross the invisible line of perceivable magnitude you end up achieving exactly the opposite with the viewer. In other words: far too much may achieve far less than even the sum of its elements – and yes, less can be really be more. The problem is that this film relies too much on tons of effects instead of just giving an insight on what this is actually about.”

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