For me, it is extremely rare that I come away from watching a film and then think about it numerous times a day for the following week / weeks.
But the Crash Reel had this effect on me. I recorded it by chance with no real idea what it was about. I almost turned it off in the first 5 minutes because of the theme and the snowboarder inclination. But I can safely say I am extremely glad I didn't.
This is the kind of film EVERYONE should see. It is about supreme skill, the courage to fight back against severely debilitating brain injuries, the value of a close knit family and ultimately the ability to let go of what you had and focus on the future. It is truly inspiring in a way that you very rarely see.
Growing up Ayrton Senna was my hero and when I saw the Senna film I thought that was as good a docufilm could be. But, dare I say it, The Crash Reel is even better and even more absorbing. So much so I have watched in numerous times now and it still hits the emotions and makes you appreciate what an incredible family Kevin Pearce has. Lucy Walker has done an incredible job directing the film - at times beautiful shots, amazing footage, no holds barred access and like all great films the music film soundtrack completes it.
All I can say is you HAVE to watch this film!! You will not regret it.