Sports documentarist Dana Brown (Step Into Liquid) turns his attention to the Baja 1000, a grueling off-road race down the Baja Peninsula open to motorcycles, ATVs, custom-built trucks, and even Volkswagen Beetles. In this 2005 feature, Brown mixes jaw-dropping footage of the action, an assortment of human-interest stories, and a dash of humor with a lot of vague philosophizing about sports and the meaning of life. The action is exciting, but the rapid-fire narration jumps around too quickly, making it difficult to keep straight the personalities meant to hold the film together. And while surfing, Brown's previous subject, pits the individual against nature, this race is all about the machines—which makes the philosophizing seem a little silly. PG, 97 min.
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