TIME TRIAL gives us an exhilarating and terrifying place in the race, providing an immersive experience as close to actually competing as you will ever see on film. David Millar, shrouded in darkness, declares an intention to rise again.
I like David Millar's commentary, it gives a real insight into the races he covers, so I had great expectations for this documentary, but unfortunately I was left incredibly disappointed. This appears to be a strange hybrid of a documentary and arthouse film and to my mind t just doesn't work.
There are short glimpses into the life of a pro-cyclist and what Millar went through in his last year as a professional cyclist, but that's it. The interview sections, if you can call them that, are too short, the actions shots have been given a weird post-production treatment and nothing really knits together.
And the final scenes of Millar in a nightclub are just odd.
Glad I rented it, would have felt even more miffed had I spent more buying it.
This is an impressionistic film more than a straight documentary. It's beautifully shot and composed. The story it tells is a more complicated and melancholy one than you might expect from an ostensibly "sports" subject. The time trial of the title is Millar facing up to being too old to return to competing in - or even enjoying - the competitions that dominated his younger years.
This is everything that I wanted it to be, yes it's arty but that's the beauty of it and what separates it from other cycling related media. Made me want to ride my bike also, so that's got to be good too.
This is great - not your typical “mundane day in the life of a pro”, or an “inside look at the Tour de France.” Watch something like “clean spirit” if you want a sterile documentary of that type. This isn’t about Millars stats, race wins, it is the culmination of a 17 year career and a retrospective of Millar’s emotions during that period, mainly anger in the latter years. The whole premise of the film as “a race to the end” should imply this isn’t a standard documentary. Personally, I liked the filming style, certainly not a gcse style project as others have referenced (A* if it is). This is made with consideration and you have to immerse yourself in it to fully enjoy. Nice cameo’s from Dekker, Wegelius and Hunter. Jorgen Leth is credited with thanks from the director, there’s no coincidence that this should be revered in the same way as A Sunday in Hell.
Absolutely stunning film, which will entertain, amuse, enthrall and emotionally wreck you all in one go. The footage is stunning, placing you at the heart of the racing, hearing the conversations of the peloton. The murky side of cycling is there but it doesn’t try to exonerate or chastise Millar. The film also captures the artistry of cycling as your visual and auditory senses are drawn in. The language makes it an 18 although it’s necessary and at times funny. A non-cycling fanatic will need to comment if this film appeals to a wider audience, but it is a fascinating insight into professional cycling at the highest level.