A definition of a heartwarming film, The World’s Fastest Indian is a unique experience. Especially since it is based on true events, I mean fuck me, this is an incredibly small story of epic proportions. Tagline could be: chase your fucking dreams, no matter what! Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bounty, Cadillac Man, Species, Dante’s Peak) and starring magnificent Anthony Hopkins this is a story about a man his motorcycle. The movie never tries to be preachy, self-righteous or bigger than life. It’s like the ghost of real Burt Munro was watching them on set and directing the whole thing. Anthony was phenomenal, totally immersed in the character and without his usual antics. If you told me that I would be this fascinated with a movie essentially about motorcycles, I wouldn’t believe you. The same thing will happen with you, your girlfriend, boyfriend and anyone else to whom you recommend this phenomenal flick.

The World's Fastest Indian [2005] Movie Review Recommendation PosterInvercargill is a small town located in New Zealand and it would remain that if there wasn’t for one man. Burt Munro is a speed bike racer, known for setting many speed records for motorcycles with engines less than 1,000 cc. Him and his heavily modified Indian Scout bike have been through it all and although people are generally very positive towards him and his easygoing personality, his neighbors do not appreciate the constant noise coming from his work shed. His latest mission is to travel to Bonneville in USA in an effort to break another record. Will he make it is up to you to find out.

Although this isn’t some big blockbuster with a huge budget, cinematography was beautiful. From New Zealand to those Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, everything looked just stunning. Through all this visual pleasure, the human will emerges as a reminder to all those who are stuck in a loop that the life is worth living. It’s worth living if you’re willing to follow your dreams, otherwise you will have to battle your demons. I just loved the idea of this old man who doesn’t care about rules or what’s appropriate for a man “of his age”. He just goes for it with this childish enthusiasm and you can see that it’s feeding him this incredible energy and motivation. And all this is presented to us in this passive way, without much tampering with our emotions, so we can fully immerse ourselves in the story and its impact on us. Do not let the slower pace of this movie deter you from watching, because after fifteen minutes you will be fully immersed in it and when the credits roll you will be left yearning for more. Hidalgo feels like similar movie, although it’s much more assertive.

Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Craig Hall, Iain Rea, Charles Pierard, Alison Bruce, Antony Starr

Fun Facts: Burt Munro’s children visited the set one day, when, according to director Roger Donaldson, “Tony (Anthony Hopkins) was having a particularly good Burt day”. His performance was so authentic that it moved them to tears


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412080/

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