Who's in It:
Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota
The Basics: Extreme skiing! That's what this documentary is about. Extreme skiing! It's the kind of thing you can't really say or even write without that exclamation point. And that's because every time you do it, you are flirting with almost certain death. This isn't about going to a resort in Aspen where the only threat to your life might be Claudine Longet mistaking you for Spider Sabich. This is about jumping off the top of a mountain and heading down five miles of no trail at a 90-degree angle. It's for insane people.
What's the Deal? For a movie about an extreme (!) sport, there's not a ton of really amazing downhill footage happening here. You kind of wait for it to get incredibly exciting, and it doesn't. The snowy mountains are beautiful and all, but everything else feels sort of bland. And no one seems to be having very thoughtful thoughts about the subject either. They just all seem to like the rush. Anyway, one thing I am going to do though is check out The Blizzard of AAHHHS, the 1980s skiing movie that this documentary's subjects all worship. They seem to like it more than their own families.
Nagging Questions I Was Left With:
1. Why is it so great to risk your life for fun?
2. Why not just play Russian roulette instead?
3. Why, if I'd rather stay home and read a book, do the extreme (!) people seem to think that I'm not truly living my life? All their quotes go like this: "You haven't truly lived until you've risked death on top of a mountain, etc." But I disagree. Because, seriously, I'm an extreme (!) reader. I READ BOOKS TO THE MAX, BRO.
Movies With Skiing That Are More Fun Than This: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Snowball Express.
Sad Note: Coombs, one of the movie's subjects, died skiing just days after shooting was finished.