“Charge” movie review: a must see motorcycle film

By Dan Aspel -

Parts & accessories

 24 June 2011 10:48

Last month saw the release of “Charge”, British director Mark Neale’s take on the 2009/2010 electric TT races.

It’s currently only available on DVD in North America, but with further countries scheduled for release - and digital download options to follow - the makers sent MCN a copy for review.

The result? We’re able to wholeheartedly recommend it as one of the must see biking films of the year.

Those expecting the high-quality on-board filming of the superlative “TT3D: Closer to the Edge” may be underwhelmed by the perfectly adequate racing footage, but for human interest value, technological intrigue and sheer racing drama Neale’s effort doesn’t disappoint.

The film’s greatest asset is the intimacy of the storytelling. You find yourself in Cedric Lynch’s shed, Michael Czysz’s garage, the TT scrutineering bay… and all in a slick, quickly-paced documentary style. The whole issue is treated with humour, interest and brilliantly sparing use of Ewan McGregor’s excellent narration.

The most exciting thing about the film is that it’s a largely untold story. Neale has hit upon such a rich vein of innovation and struggle that was only hinted at by the TV coverage of the 2009 TT.

If you’ve any interest in why people race, why people build bikes or what it takes to win a TT race, you’ll love this film.

Now that we’ve sufficiently whet your appetite, we’ll make sure to keep you fully informed as to a UK release date.

If you’d like to know more – or would like to help the makers in their mission for UK distribution – visit: chargemovie.com