Life CyclesHD Closed Captioning
Ryan Gibb & Derek Frankowski
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Life Cycles is a true adventure film. Over 5 years in the making, and using the bicycle as the vehicle, Life Cycles takes you on a journey through natures most beautiful, dramatic, and sometimes unforgiving landscapes. Shot in Ultra HD, and with an uncompromising attention to detail, Life Cycles pulls the viewer into natures most powerful elements. From Canada's golden prairies to a bicycle factory in Japan, Life Cycles explores the concepts of creation and destruction; in nature, machine, and man.
Subtle, beautiful and inspirational
This movie comes with high expectations, several years in production, the last an almost mind blowing tease of screenshots, talk of incredible attention to detail and finally, it arrived.
Not short of teething issues with its distribution and often agonising waits for the UK versions to appear, the wait was worth it.
Without spoiling too much of the movie, it is a maelstrom of colour, natural beauty and some simply inspirational use of camera techniques and editing software.
The use of mother nature herself is intrinsic to the movie, the narrative soft and soothing whilst talking about the evolution of the bikes that so many of us are acutely aware of.
This may not be a movie for everyone - some wish for an aggresive, all tricked out, racing extravaganza. No, this movie is all about the flow, the way that a bike can affect how we see the environment around us and clearly the filmmakers have thought long and hard about this.
Some of us have not been so lucky to have ridden the insanely technical yet beautiful trails in Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Kamloops and Pemberton - where much of this movie was shot. I am one of those lucky ones and I see trails that I have ridden that are shown in exactly how they are remembered in my head. The changing seasons capture the type of beauty in these trails and it is interesting that at first viewing, perhaps the second, the riders are almost invisible.
I believe this was the intention - the message of the film states in so many words. However after a few watches, the beauty never failing to impress, the technicality of the trails, the skill of the riders and just how natural the film looks, shines through. You start to watch the rider, how he moves. You may decide to watch the bike perhaps - there is always something to see each time you view it - every scene is stunning to watch and the music is perfectly matched.
Even a, at first, seemingly mundane section with a mechanic will eventually become ingrained in your mind - the subtlety of the scene and the calmness bringing a smile to your face.
It has the ability to make you want to ride in any season or weather - you just have to watch it a few times to find the inspiration. It is without doubt one of the greatest MTB movies ever produced.
And never stop watching it, unless you're actually out riding your bike.
Balance a bike right, keep the pedals turning, forget about everything except right now and there's no place you can't ride...
Absolutely outstanding in every way.
This is an incredible journey by a talented team with a vision- it's like Planet Earth meets the Mountain Bike.
Watch and be amazed...
A real treat.
Takes MTB films to the next level, makes you want to get out and ride and watch it again as soon as you get back.