Monday, December 17, 2007

Review - 10 MPH: A Segway Documentary

I can't imagine how much money and how much effort it would take to ride a segway across the US. Can you believe someone actually did it? Of course, he did it with his friends riding behind in a car, but still, how awesome would it be to go across the country in slow motion at 10 miles per hour!

Two men quit their jobs and headed for Seattle, where they would start their long segway journey. They dealt with financial problems along the way. They had to find sponsors because they did not have jobs to support the trip. They stayed in hotels, in the homes of strangers, and in their car. They drove through rain and through snow. Finally, they reached Boston where they arrived to applause and balloons. The two men made a documentary about this trip called "10 MPH."

Last night, I watched this documentary. Overall, it was somewhat boring. It kept going on and on with nothing to add oomph to the film. However, the concept of riding a segway across the US kept me interested. The film includes interviews with people the men met along the way as well as interview with news channels.

The men also faced challenges along the way. I yelled at the screen of my TV as an arrogant police officer pulled the men and their friends over for driving too slow. The men also had to change the batteries of their segways frequently. They planned on going 60 miles per day, which would require at least 6 battery changes per day. One pair of segway batteries will get you anywhere from 10 to 20 miles on a charge.

I enjoyed the scenery the film showed. The men passed through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons on their trip as well as through several cities. What I did not enjoy was the language. The film was very down to earth and realistic (it did not seem scripted at all), but the men who took the journey used distasteful language frequently throughout the film including the s and f word.

Despite its negative sides, the film was informative and interesting. I recommend it to anyone who can handle the language and who is interested in segways

You can explore the documentary's website here:


Poorhouse Dad said...

Too bad these guys don't know that the films with the biggest ROI (Return on Investment) are the ones the whole family can enjoy.

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious. I'd think a segway would be fun. I wouldn't want to take it across country.

Anonymous said...

Boring and uninsightful. The filmmaker's perspective of America is no more interesting than what some jacka-- who kept his corporate job could tell me about his hometown. Boo-hoo I can't pay my credit cards and I cashed in my retirment so I could give you 90 minutes of unispired dribble mixed with poor cinematography and music choices.