July 29, 2012

Lucas Brunelle's Line Of Sight

     Last night I watched Lucas Brunelle's film Line Of Sight. The documentary (directed and edited by Benny Zenga) shows a first person view of underground bike messenger street racing in cities such as New York, London, and Tokyo. The film also visits the bottom of the ocean, the streets of Mexico City, the jungles of Guatemala, and the Great Wall Of China.

     The video is often exhilarating and entertaining at the same time with tons of traffic and pedestrian dodging footage. However, I can't help but see these riders as a danger on the road. They ride the wrong way down one way streets, cut off cars, blow through busy red light intersections and break pretty much every rule of the road that exists. At one point Brunelle is being interviewed and he explains that he feels safe riding the way he does around New York. He believes that if you stay where you are he'll take care of everything else. However, no matter how good you are, you can never predict the actions of pedestrians, drivers or other riders.

     Within the first minute of the film a rider smashes the side view mirror of a car and almost gets doored. In another scene Lucas himself rides directly into a pedestrian who is trying to get away from the rush of oncoming cyclists. And in yet another scene a rider is hit by a car driven by an elderly woman. On one hand Brunelle is trying to tell us that this type of reckless riding is no danger to the public, yet he shows us footage of property damage, and collisions with pedestrians and cars.

     For me Line Of Sight is at its best when we get to see the scenes in Guatemala and in China. The footage is beautiful and there is a short action scene filmed in Guatemala that while showing irresponsible riding is staged so there is no danger to the public. As for the music I enjoyed the soundtrack which featured bands such as Van Halen, Guns N Roses, Motorhead, M.I.A, White Zombie, Neurosis, Lightning Bolt and Holy Fuck. If this were a choreographed action film I would give the movie a 9/10 for the stunt riding but since this is a documentary and the riding is simply dangerous I give Line Of Sight a 3/10.

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