Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: PG for intense situations
Run Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Writer/director Dana Brown (Step Into Liquid) doesn’t let a mote of dust settle in this raucous ode to the hyper-intense sport of long-distance racing.
The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is the pinnacle of hardcore cross-country races, a gritty thousand miles of gullies, rocks and mountains that tests the best of men. It’s the 24-hour plane crash of extreme sport.
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As one participant aptly explains it, the Baja 1000 is like holding a piece of dynamite and keeping the explosion in your hand. Ten-thousand close calls and tons of bent metal define this thrilling off-road adventure, a radical badge of honor earned with blood, sweat and tears and a never-say-die spirit.
The Baja 1000 is a family affair, entry passed down from generation to generation as a rite of passage. Even the women get into the act, staunchly refusing to be shut out of the exhilarating boys-only bacchanalia (You go girls!).
A nail-biting motorcycle sequence is this catchy documentary’s calling card, crackling with the thrill of the chase. Brown’s narration is witty and as dry as the parched landscape, though occasionally lapsing into a cloying gee-whiziness.
Fraught with humor and anarchic charm, Dust is a must.