Motorcycle movies, unfortunately for us, can often be hit or miss. I normally expect the worst whenever I go to see the latest release and for good reason. I just feel that so many movies make us look bad and make bikers out to be dumb-ass, simple-minded, mullet wearing simpletons. And we’re not. We’re so much more than that. Aren’t we?
Anyway, somewhere along the line, I heard about TT3D Closer to the Edge. A movie about the most dangerous motorcycle race on earth. By the way, the TT part of “Isle of Man TT” stands for “Tourist Trophy” and I think that it really sums up the whole event. It’s an annual, local race, which somehow became one of the biggest phenomenons in the motorcycle world. Riders and racers from across the globe flock to the beautiful Isle of Man and are welcomed by a community who thrive off the energy (and the tourism trade it brings no doubt!) It’s a true racer’s race and it attracts a rare breed of men (and a few women) who are willing to risk their lives for the thrill of the ride.
What to expect from TT3D Closer to the Edge
Trust me, I’m a harsh critic when it comes to bike films, and how those of us who ride them are portrayed, but Closer to the Edge amazed me. In fact, I watched it 3 times in 3 days. As I started watching, I was confused. Was this a documentary or a movie? Were these actors or the real thing? Guy Martin, who the documentary revolves around, is such an odd character, I thought he must have been playing a role. He’s eccentric and unnaturally comfortable in front of the camera, I can see why they chose him as the lead role.
The film starts off following Guy Martin through a typical day. He talks about how he has always been more into playing with engines and riding bikes than chasing girls and drinking beer. It’s inspiring to see the great lengths he has gone to, to take part in the Isle of Man TT like his father did before him. Guy speaks without arrogance, his passion for racing is nothing to do with fame or fortune. It genuinely is just about pushing the limits, being closer to the edge and a love of the sport. He tells us of his strange and obsessive rituals which means he has to break rules to work on his bike in private, away from the paddock. He likes to understand what’s going on with the bike, not just ride it. Apparently, he also enjoys a bit of a Tommy Tank before going to sleep in his van which he prefers to sleep in over the local hotels. Lovely!
Anyway, I won’t give the film away, I won’t tell you if he wins the Isle of Man TT or not. I won’t tell you of the jaw dropping crashes or about the scenes which scared me from riding for about a week after. No, I will leave it for you to discover. What I will say is this; TT3D Closer to the Edge is not just about racing. It’s about a brotherhood of men, who live and breathe this race. They flock there every year and it has become their life. Ex-riders still return, they empty dustbins or show new riders around the track just for a chance to be involved. It’s about people who have a lust for life and live it to the fullest, squeezing out every last drop. It’s about men and women, children and family. It really is truly inspiring.