This film is like a 2005 version of the dirt bike opus RAD.
It is very apparent that the actors in this movie are not doing much of the actual motocross riding.
KC (Steve Howey) and Trip (Mike Vogel) Carlyle play two motocross riders who have differing views about their sport. KC is more refined while Trip flies by the seat of his pants. These two brothers are further separated when KC gets a “factory” sponsorship and Trip is forced to be a privateer. The rift gets mended when Trip gets hurt, KC gets tired of corporate politics and they band together to beat some of the top Supercross rs the world has to offer. Amidst all this, there are love interests played by Sophia Bush and the “so hot she’s scary” Cameron Richardson.
I’ve got to be honest, it might be this movie’s California setting, it might be because parts of it were shot in Anaheim (which is just down the street from me), it be because I am an easy audience, but I really liked Supercross a lot. I liked the characters, the way it was shot, the bike sequences and just about everything else. Sure, this movie was made on a budget (even though it had Clear Channel’s backing), but at the end of the day I think being unfamiliar with the actors and the milieu in which this story was set made this viewing experience something special.
I had expected more from this director’s commentary. I thought Steve Boyum would bring more of his stunts background in his explanation of the film, but instead I think he spent too much time telling us what we already saw on the screen. Sure, during the racing scenes he started to open up more about the logistics of the film, but since this movie is also about characters I really didn’t want to hear his insights too much here. Having worked on a bunch of films, I just expected him to fill the non-action gaps better.
Pulling off this movie seems like an amazing effort. To coordinate all the logistics of the bikes, the riders and everything else just seems like a monstrous challenge. On top of that, the stunt riders would have to come into real events and actually qualify so that the footage would be relevant to the movie. With everything moving so fast, it is amazing that they were able to pull things off with such startling ease.
This segment lets us hear from people like David Pingree (who also played Billy in the movie) as well as Dave Castillo. These two people doubled for Trip and KC Carlyle, respectively. They talked about working with the actors, making the scenes look real and what it was like being a part of Supercross.
Playing like a classic electronic press kit this featurette is a general “making of” segment. We hear from the cast and crew as they break down the story of Supercross, and explain why they wanted to be in this movie. They talk about certain scenes and just generally discuss what it is about this world that merit’s it’s translation to the big screen.
The Cast And Crew
This is another “making of” that’s very similar to the Story featurette. We find out that the director of the movie Steve Boyum was well suited to the task of helming this project, because he is in fact from the world of racing. Having been a former stuntman on a plethora of high profile films, he seemed to have the right sensibility to infuse this movie with some very realistic action.
Lastly, we get to hear from Vice President of Honda, Gary Christopher, as he explains how his company worked to get this movie made. From supplying bikes, to clothing, to whatever else was necessary to give this movie the most authentic look and appeal. Christopher also goes on to detail the technical help that his company offered, and the actors discussed how well protected the riders are in case they have to “bail” on their bikes.
This movie can be viewed in either 1.33:1 - Full Screen or 1.78:1 Widescreen. I accidentally watched the movie in Full Screen but I didn’t feel like I lost any of the “high-octane” experience. This movie is fast paced and drops the viewer right into this world. It doesn’t explain things too much, but has just enough character development to make you see this world as authentic. It also has a nice ebb and flow between the action scenes, and I never felt like I was being beaten over the head by what was happening on the screen.
English 5.1 Dolby Surround - Spanish Surround - French Dolby Surround - Subtitled in English and Spanish. Close Captioned. This movie has all the classic bigness we would expect in a Bruckheimer film, yet what saves it is that things are really not overdone. I never felt like I was being forced to experience something. The way the audio and video experience of Supercross flows, scenes seem to almost blend into one another so that just when we get the point, things reintroduce themselves and become new again.
Sophia Bush, Howey, Vogel and Cameron Richardson are the main attractions on this front cover. Below them, is a shot of someone on a bike. There is a real yellowish, orange glow to this cover which seems to mix Southern California and the desert together. The back features a bunch of shots from the races that make up the movie, a description of the film, a “Special Features” listing, a cast list and some technical specs. This movie may look low budget just because there aren’t any stars in it, but don’t let that deter you from what is a highly entertaining ride.
I was actually quite surprised with how much I enjoyed this movie. I had seen posters for it before it came out, but I never saw Supercross as something that I would go to the movies and see. I actually thought it was going to do pretty well in theaters. Sadly, on a budget of $30 million it only took in $3 million. Something tells me that didn’t make the bean counters at Clear Channel happy, but with home video being what it is I am sure they aren’t going to take too much of a bath on this venture. Truthfully, I would have thought that the world of motorcycle racing would have come out in full support of this movie, but I guess they probably didn’t see it as something for them.
Maybe because I am not a part of that world I found Supercross to be one of the best films I have seen in a good while?
Also, keep an eye out for Robert Patrick’s highly understated, yet solid, performance as Earl Cole.