Exhibition of athleticism
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.
Travis Pastrana in the Nitro Circus practice pit.