About the Film
This gripping documentary chronicles the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track and off, depicting a dynamic and complex public figure who could be both spiritual and ruthless, all while becoming a global superstar.
Fascinating film. Excellent. Tragic. Must see!
I saw this film on a Virgin Atlantic flight this summer (2011) and I can't stop thinking about it. It gives a real insight into racing and also the drive and determination of human beings. Ayrton was a truly inspirational man who was born to achieve the things that he did both on and off the track. I don't cry at films but I had tears streaming down my face at the end of this. I dread to think what the guy sitting next to me thought.
If this film doesn't leave you with a lump in your throat...
I took my teenage son - a keen go-karter and motorsport fan - to see this as soon as it came out; I wanted him to learn a bit more about the man who I believe would have been the greatest racing driver ever on paper, rather than simply through legend. The film left him awestruck and inspired to, himself, do great things on track. That was what Senna was - inspirational to all who watched him. What I hadn't bargained for was the immense feeling of admiration - more than I already had - of the great man. It didn't just remind me of Senna as a racing driver, but gave me an insight into the man behind the public face - a picutre I'd not really seen when I followed him during his all-too-short F1 career. As the film progresses, you're drawn more and more to his charismatic charm and unfaltering quest to improve. His determination is humbling. His fearless approach in what were, during that era, relatively 'unsafe' racing cars is really highlighted by much of this film's footage. We may remember him as a celebrity, but this film shows he was anything but. Passionate? Yes. Arrogant? No.
I'm not sure it's a film for someone who has no desire to watch motorsport, but for anyone with even the slightest interest, it's a must-see. As many of the previous posters have stated, you come away 'with something'. It's a very thought-provoking film that you won't forget in a long time and, for that, I'd highly recommend it.
But here's the thing. We saw it at the cinema. When the film finished, you could hear a pin drop. Not a single person got up to leave until the very last credit had disappeared off the giant screen in front of us. Then, one-by-one, we all began to leave in total silence: it wasn't just me who had been so touched by the memory of not an esteemed racing driver... but a truly amazing person.
i've watched it twice in the cinema nearby. amazing movie. dramatic story, dramatic fight. couldn't sleep the first night after watching it.