X Games 3D: The Movie

X Games 3D: The Movie movie poster
MPAA rating: PG
Genre: Documentary
Filmmaker Steve Lawrence goes behind-the-scenes at the 2008 summer X-Games for an unprecedented look at the event.
Starring: Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Ricky Carmichael, Danny Way, Bob Burnquist, Kyle Loza, Emile Hirsch
Director: Steve Lawrence

Editorial Review

It's not so much that Danny Way lands the rocket backflip air varial 540 on his last of five runs down the mega ramp at the 2008 X Games in Los Angeles -- a feat that appears impressive enough on its own -- but he does it minutes after breaking his foot. Badly. And possibly his back and shoulder, too.

It's about pushing the limits, Way tells a reporter afterward, with not so much as a wince.

Unfortunately, "X Games 3D: The Movie," the ESPN-Disney collaboration running in theaters for one week only, doesn't push the limits.

Don't expect a chipped tooth or four to come flying off the screen and peck you in the eye. There's no late-night boozefests, no naughty arm-sleeve tattoos, no off-color language when a buddy soars over the Great Wall of China or misses his mark and slams 50 feet to the ground. Forgivable -- this is a family film, after all. But the interviews are emotionless and forgettable. And for a film with so many dangerous curves and flips, the narration by Emile Hirsch -- who had a role in the 2005 cult skate-biopic "Lords of Dogtown" and starred in the auto-racing flick "Speed Racer" -- falls, well, flat.

But for a quick ticket into the world of extreme sports, the sky-high, adrenaline-gorged stunts captured in "X Games" will make any spectator gasp, wince and brace with fear for the (literally) fallen heroes -- supporting skateboarding kingpin Tony Hawk's statement that "the Olympics need skateboarding more than skateboarding needs the Olympics."

-- Kate Kilpatrick (Friday, Aug. 21, 2009)

X Games 3D: The Movie PG, 92 minutes Contains extreme sports action and accidents.