Ex­hi­bi­tion of ath­leti­cism

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Cir­cus 3D is one of those films that di­vides hu­man­ity into two groups – those who see stunt artists launch­ing bikes, cars and their bod­ies into the air and re­spond by pump­ing their fists, and those who, about a half-hour in, de­scend into bleak thoughts about bread and cir­cuses and civil­i­sa­tion. Ad­mit­tedly, there is a film tech­nique of sorts: ‘‘Stunt in real time, same stunt in slow mo­tion.’’ There are talk­ing celebri­ties, such as Johnny Knoxville ( Jack­ass) and Chan­ning Ta­tum, who opine about ‘‘our re­la­tion­ship with fear’’. Those whose in­stant men­tal ri­poste is ‘‘not to men­tion our re­la­tion­ship with com­mon sense’’ are def­i­nitely not the tar­get au­di­ence. The mem­bers of ‘‘ac­tion sport col­lec­tive’’ Nitro Cir­cus seem like nice peo­ple, as ex­hi­bi­tion­ists go. Most dis­play im­pres­sive lev­els of phys­i­cal fit­ness and are re­peat­edly re­ferred to as ‘‘ath­letes’’ – just not the Olympic kind.

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Travis Pas­trana in the Nitro Cir­cus prac­tice pit.

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