Pros: The athletes are skilled and ultra brave
Cons: None - very entertaining film
This movie is original on many levels. It challenges the common notion of "extreme skiing" as something done in big mountain locations accessible by helicopter. These guys, film students at Montana State in Bozeman and their many friends, take the same premises of the contemporary ski movie -- big air, amazing acrobatics, creative lines, big-time athleticism -- and set them in the urban landscape for much of the movie. Really great skiers don't need a mountain, necessarily, so long as they have enough snow to build take-off and landing ramps and have some kind of stationary object to transition between them -- stair railings being the most common, but also the side of a building, roof, highway abutment, or bridge railing will also do. Talk about "you fall you die," these guys are riding rails with huge drop offs and hitting landings where being a few feet off would mean very dire consequences indeed -- in one case a train screamed by, just feet from the skier's landing. Talk about sick. The stakes of some of the the tricks blew me away. I'll bet their parents were too!
And that was just the pre-season part of the movie. The winter and spring footage showed equal creativity as far as finding fun stuff to do that would be unthinkable for most of the viewers -- though I'll bet anyone watching will wish they had their cojones and the ability to back it up. These kids can ride! Anything.
I expect they got As on the project.
TSP has a second movie in showings now, "Set Your Sights," which will be available in October in dvd.
Here's the official trailer of Come Find Us: