Published Mar 01, 2004The average person tends to think that cars in general aren't all that exciting, but put a souped-up stockcar on the track and hundreds of thousands of people will flock to watch them run around in circles. It's this fascination with racing that is the focal point of this movie, showing the dedication of the people who live to race and the support staff around them who help them achieve that goal.
With Kiefer Sutherland providing the necessary history of the sport, as well as interesting facts along the way, this movie is a great alternative for kids. Just under an hour in length, it isn't long enough for kids to get bored but it's long enough to introduce them to something other than guns and violence. From the opening car chase until the house lights come up, this IMAX experience delivers everything a 3D movie should a pulse pounding soundtrack, tons of cars and the roaring of the crowd make you feel as if you are right there in the middle with the hundreds of thousands of fans that support America's number one spectator sport.
From its humble roots in the '40s at Daytona Beach to the massive corporate sponsorship that marks each car today, stockcar racing has evolved dramatically over the years. Using technology specially designed for this type of high speed racing, more and more drivers are able to walk away from the often spectacular crashes. Keeping drivers safe so they can continue to perform for their fans is absolutely important. Few other sports have the same type of respect and concern for their star players. Spectators will brave the hot temperatures, crowded stands and eardrum-shattering sound to watch their favourites speed around the track to victory. Relying on skill, the performance of their cars and their pit crew, this just might be the ultimate team sport. (Warner)