10 Mph

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10 Mph Review


Sure, I love a story about crazy people trying to crazy things. In 10 MPH, it's about a couple of guys trying to figure out how to break out of a rut of twentysomething cube life. After a while (and, apparently, prodded by a friend), they decide that method will be to roll across the country on a Segway, the innovative and often mocked two-wheeled personal vehicle that has failed to take the world by storm, despite its original hype and optimism.

Don't get me wrong. I like the Segway. I've ridden the Segway, quite a bit. If I had $5,000 lying around and a massive estate to tool around on, I'd definitely buy one. But to run down the street or get to the office? I don't think so.

Getting from Seattle to Boston? Definitely not. And of course the challenges of driving this thing over 4,000 miles at a whopping 10 miles per hour, well, it sounds like great fodder for a movie, right?

Well, you'd be surprised how relatively drama-free such a journey is. The Segway is famously reliable: It doesn't break down at all. Sure, there are issues with the occasional jerk cop, heavy traffic, fences, and inclement weather, but by and large the adventure comes across as something that anyone with a lot of cash, 100 days of free time, and the ability to withstand epic boredom could be able to manage.

Filmmaker Hunter Weeks obviously became aware of this as his production wore on, and inexorably the film begins to focus less and less on the challenges of the journey (lack of money is the big issue) and more on the characters they meet along the way.

Alas, that's got nothing to do with the premise here. Take away the Segway and we've seen this road-trip-to-discovery documentary a million times. Weeks and crew aren't exactly tracking down philosophers and magnates, they're interviewing random joes on the trip. A potter. A biker. Fans that saw them on the news. I'm as big a fan as anyone of the best pearls of wisdom coming from the unlikeliest of places, but Weeks doesn't really get much insight out of his interviewees. Weeks seeks inspiration to get his life back on track. Scouring the country, he really doesn't find it. His stilted narration (a frequent problem in amateur docs like this) is another problem.

Ultimately, I was more intrigued by the journey these guys took, but was severely disappointed by how little actually happened on the way.

The DVD includes commentary track, deleted scenes, gag reel, and fun facts about the trip.

Aka 10mph, 10 m.p.h., 10 mph - Seattle to Boston.



10 Mph

Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th February 2007

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Hunter Weeks

Producer: Josh Caldwell, Hunter Weeks

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