DVD Review: Road
In a sport where men race bikes at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on closed country roads, roads that are populated by trees, polls, stone walls and buildings – obstacles that refuse to budge, or to absorb the impact, things that when hit at speed by the human body, only bring tragedy, you expect their to be casualties. But unless you are a fan, or a follower of the Dunlop family, the kind of first family of road racing, a sport that only really lives on the Isle of Man and Ireland, you wouldn’t be expecting the documentary Road to play out like it was penned by George RR Martin.
Road plays out as equal parts intense sports doco, and riveting family tragedy. Where passion for one of the most dangerous motorsports runs deep through the blood of one family, it proves to hard for the young members not to embrace it, and proves equally as hard for the older members to give up on it.
Road, at least for the nu-prepared, starts out as a bit of a history lesson in the sport of road racing, where it began, what and who was the driving force behind it, but turns into a white knuckle ride of dread and anticipation as you know something bad is coming, but all you can do is stare, transfixed at the screen, waiting for the inevitable.
It seems that speed combined with danger is a drug that has a deathly grip on those who succumb to it’s temptation.