Product Review: Road: The movie

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Road: The movie, £15.99 on DVD, £17.99 on Blu-Ray

Time tested: One evening

What’s good? A must-watch film for fans of real road racing, this is the gritty, captivating and highly emotional documentary retelling the story of the Dunlop family, both past and present. The story doesn’t need sensationalizing as it has more twists, turns, drama and raw humanity than Hollywood could ever muster. The main story focuses on Joey and Robert and is told via contemporary footage and modern interviews from the riders’ family and close friends. This is then linked back to modern footage from William and Michael’s racing careers, with full narration throughout from Liam Neeson. It’s not so much a celebration of road racing as a celebration of life – and the fickleness of fate. The twist of fortune that gave a quiet, unassuming young man from Armoy full-factory Honda rides and four world championships, and the series of small but significant choices that ultimately cost him his life. It’s a stunning film, full of passion, that really makes you think about life and gives you a deeper understanding of the world of road racing.

What’s not? I found the footage of Robert Dunlop losing his life at the 2008 North West 200 to be distressing and unnecessary. This film succeeds in conveying awe, shock and sorrow in other areas without needing to be so graphic. Robert’s accident was not a typical roads racing incident, so definitely didn’t have a place in this film.

Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5

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Emma Franklin

By Emma Franklin

Deputy Editor, road tester, club racer