DVD Review: Unchained
It was a one sentence quote from Mike Metzer that got me interested in watching Unchained – The untold story of freestyle motorcross.
“It’s not a matter of if you’re going to get hurt but when.”
Yep, that’s what got me interested. It’s not that I love enjoy watching people hurt themselves, but I do love something with a little more grit and life threatening antics than say Synchronized Swimming. Unchained takes a look at the birth of freestyle motocross, right from the post war years where motorbike racing was invented, to the point it made it’s way across the Atlantic and became an American sport where it was taken off road and became motocross.
From there Japanese manufacturers wanted to sponsor and control the sport, making it clean and safe, so that they could sell motorbikes as safe and fun. But these pioneers wanted something more, and in their spare time would go out into wilds and do crazy shit. Then one day film makers Jon Freeman and Dana Nicholson decided to film some of these riders, creating the unexpectedly successful Crusty Demons video, and influencing the future of the sport.
Unchained really kicks into gear when Crusty Demons are filming their second video and one of their fans, 12 year old Travis Pastrana asks if he can try a jump they are having trouble with and not only nails it, but nails it with style. Pastrana goes on to become one of the biggest names in Freestyle.
Travis Pastrana isn’t the only legend we get to follow as they master the art of pushing themselves and breaking themselves, on the roster with many others are also the likes of Mike Metzger and Brian Deegan.
What makes this DVD such a nail biting watch, is not only the sheer audacity of some of the stunts, but also witnessing these guys break just about every bone in their bodies, and get back up to compete as soon as humanly possible, and sometimes even earlier than that.
Adrenaline fueled inspiration.
Rating: M Offensive language.