Feb 16 2006

Offerings to the God of Speed

Published by at 9:59 pm under Recommendations

I want to put another film recommendation out there — this one for the new Anthony Hopkins picture, The World’s Fastest Indian. Hopkins plays a real-life figure named Burt Munro, a New Zealander who sets out to take his highly modified, 40-year-old Indian motorcycle halfway around the world, to the Bonneville salt flats, to have a go at the land speed record.
I went for the motorcycle, but stayed for the story.
This is a really neat film, and I think it’s one of Hopkins’ best performances since Remains of the Day. It’s a rich character study of a truly entertaining figure — funny and heart-wrenching all at once. And it’s a story based on a philosophy that I can get behind: don’t let fear keep you from living your life.
Roger Donaldson is a respectable filmmaker (Thirteen Days is a compelling ride, and I’ll take Dante’s Inferno over Volcano every time), but this is top shelf work from him. Indian was a labor of love, and it shows. It hasn’t gotten very much press, but I urge everyone to give it a shot. I think you’ll be surprised.

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  1. Emilyon 19 Jul 2006 at 1:59 pm

    I just saw this movie last night and I totally agree. I like movies about interesting characters better than I like movies about big explosions. But I must say, (spoiler) when Munro was reaching 200 mph it was more exciting than any other movie car chase I’ve ever seen. Anthony Hopkins was just great in this movie, quiet, soft-spoken and sincere. I guess there are enough explosions in real life, but there can never be enough good people. That must be the attraction for me.