10 Mph

"OK"

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

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The Party Movie Review

The Party Movie Review

Comedies don't get much darker than this pitch-black British movie, written and directed by Sally...

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) is on his way to becoming the new Woody Allen, which...

6 Below Movie Review

6 Below Movie Review

Based on an astonishing true survival story, this film is subtitled "Miracle on the Mountain",...

Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah)....

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

On the Road Movie Review

On the Road Movie Review

Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the...

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Skilfully made by Swedish filmmaker Janus Metz (the award-winning Armadillo), this film is essentially a...

Advertisement
The Glass Castle Movie Review

The Glass Castle Movie Review

There are quite a few terrific moments in this true story, based on the memoir...

Home Again Movie Review

Home Again Movie Review

Reese Witherspoon is so likeable that she can carry even the most hackneyed of romantic...

Brimstone Movie Review

Brimstone Movie Review

An unnerving Western with a sharp female perspective, this film is a series of gruesome...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

This biopic about Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne may look like the usual lushly...

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.