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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:3000 Miles

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Director: Maximillion Cooper
Released: 2007
Rating: 2 Stars

Ryan Dunn, Mike Escamilla, Tony Hawk, Bam Margera, Mike Vallely

Wouldn't you think that a bunch of pro skaters (including Bam Margera) going on an 8 day, 3000 mile road race across 3 continents would make for a kick-ass movie? I did too. Bam's a scream - as always - but this vid just didn't live up to my expectations. Suffice to say, Bam tried his best to save this flick. Alas, no luck.

The premise is about the same as 1976's cheesy comedy, The Gumball Rally... a global car-chase full of wannabe comedians. You'd think at the very least we'd get some good shots of cool cars. Nope. Perhaps there'd be some good footage of exotic cars racing cross country. Nope. What we get is an oddly edited film that jumps from one place to another with little thought of continuity.

In small places Bam and Tony each had some some good parts, but this film didn't know whether to focus on the race or the fact that a bunch of pro skaters were in the race. We get a few skate parts in random places, but there's not enough "sk8" to make a skateboarding theme and there wasn't enough coherent race or car footage to feed that need. Any Bam skate vid in which he hops out of his Lambo and skates has a better balance of cool cars and skateboarding than 3000 Miles achieved.

A lot of things seemed staged or exaggerated for effect. Often this is done to compensate for weak material. A flick like this is going to live or die in editing. This film was edited poorly. Anyone who can turn pro skaters driving millions of dollars worth of exotic cars into a painfully awful film should go away quietly.

Before I get too negative about 3000 Miles, some of the bonus stuff might make it worth scooping from the discount bin or renting a copy... maybe. Tony Hawk's Diary is pretty good. He was given a Handycam and asked to film his experience during the Gumball 3000. Tony's raw footage was much more entertaining than the over-blown stuff from the main feature.

Also in the bonus stuff is Bam's Revenge Sequence which is completely idiotic. Think of the worst idea from Viva La Bam, then sink down a few notches. He goes out of his way to avenge the damage done to his Lambo by throwing paint on some guy's car. He got more paint on himself and the lead-in to it was painfully long and boring.

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