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Review: Oscar Contender 'The Crash Reel' Is A Moving, Effective Exploration Of Extreme Sports

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 10, 2013 5:18 PM
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The Crash Reel
Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel” would have been compelling if it were just about snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s career and impressive skills in the half pipe. Instead, we get a number of movies in one: a chronicle of Pearce’s attempts to return to normalcy after a brain injury, a showdown between Pearce and more famous rival Shaun White, and an examination of both the appeal and the danger of extreme sports. Combining this many elements should make the film feel unfocused and unnecessarily sprawling; instead it feels intimate and clear. Tying the various pieces of Pearce’s story and the surrounding information creates a holistic picture of Pearce’s experience, while establishing that his isn’t a unique one.

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