1: Life on the Limit (Formula One Movie) Review

4.7
Pros
- Amazing amount of archival footage
- Interesting interviews and stories from those who lived it
- Great insight into the sport.
Cons
- Difference in volume during some of the race footage to the interviews
- No special features

One

This holiday season was like every other, my wife was faced with the regular challenge of picking out a gift for me. As an automotive enthusiast she always has a hell of a time getting a gift for me. This isn’t limited to my wife, but many members of my family. People will ask and I will tell them book or a documentary. What usually will happen is I will get a gift card and I get to spend hours looks through countless books to find the newest addition to the collection.

When the question came up this year from my wife I gave her a short list of some books and movies I was looking for. What she gave me was one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, “1”.

Introduction:

The film was directed by Paul Crowder, who work includes “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and “Once in a Lifetime.” A motorsport fan himself, Crowder was convinced to make the film by friends who used to write for the “Autosport” The three guys began the working on the film and got Chief Executive of the Formula One Group, Bernie Ecclestone, on board and the guys the doors opened.

Plot:

Centered around safety, “1” is a celebration of the sport and provides insight into what the sport was and is all about. Watching the film, seeing the ups and downs, the tragedy and humor, viewers get insight into the emotions, motivations and reactions to many of the key moments in the sports history.

Reaction:

Often when somebody tries to tackle a very large topic like Formula 1, they fall short; “1” manages to avoid this short fall. Yes there are scenes in the film that show drivers losing their lives, but they are not shown for shock value, but were a part of the reality of the sport at the time. Having an incredible amount of access to not only archival footage, but to the people who lived through it all and those who are still living it, helped make the movie. Part of what makes the film so good is the reverence paid to the sport. It reminded me why I love motorsport, particularly Formula One so much.

If you’re a fan of Formula 1 or an automotive enthusiast or a fan of good story telling it’s an absolute must see.

You can pick it up on Amazon for about $10 for Blu-ray or $13 on DVD (as of this writing – the price will update automagically in the little widget to the right).

Check out the preview here:

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About The Author

Matt always had an interest in cars but it was during high school while flipping channels after a date when he stumbled upon an episode of “Victory by Design” and he discovered his love of the history of cars, particularly old race cars. Shortly after it was a full blown obsession with cars. Right now his daily is a 2012 Ford Focus, but he’s trying to convince his wife that importing a Peugeot 205 GTi is a good idea. So far he’s failing – miserably.

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