Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D Review

Justin Dawes | August 7, 2012
It’s only Tuesday and I’ve used up my weeks allotment of “Woah!,” “Holy S—t!,” and “Yeah!” How did this come to be? Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D. MotoUSA was lucky enough to get an invite to an early screening of the new flick from Travis Pastrana and his talented and fearless crew, complete with a meet-and-greet afterward with the man himself joined by the only female member of the Circus, Jolene Van Vugt.

No spoilers here, so I will refrain from getting into specific details about the film, but in a nutshell it’s a collage of some of the biggest stunts to date from the Nitro Circus, and they look immeasurably better in 3D. This is really the only way Travis and

Travis Pastrana and Jolene Van Vugt
Travis Pastrana and Jolene Van Vugt were on hand to answer questions about Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D.

crew should ever been viewed. Shot in Real 3D, the depth in some of the scenes is mind-blowing. It really begins to do justice to how scary and massive the risks these athletes-turned-daredevils really are.

“I was at 100% dead set against it at first,” said Pastrana when describing the choice to film in 3D. “I thought it was a gimmick, but then we saw one of the first things we did and it was awesome. So we were like, ‘Okay, it works.’”

Another plus of a feature length Nitro Circus film is the ability so show the human element of the film – the struggles with fear and injury that comes with each and every stunt that is attempted. In one particular scene Street Bike Tommy nearly has a nervous breakdown as he is goaded into being towed down a rickety looking slip-n-slide ramp by a Harley-Davidson powered winch cable. After he completes the stunts his emotions of relief and adrenaline are right there for the world to see as he breaks into tears. This is just a single example of the realism you just don’t get with the TV show or video series.

“With this movie there is a lot of things you think would succeed but doesn’t. There’s a lot of good guys that don’t win. There’s also a lot of guy you don’t think are going to make it that do. I think that rollercoaster ride of this film was a hard sell to Hollywood but was also why we thought this would be successful,” explained Pastrana when asked about why the film was self-funded rather than a studio-backed production. “Everybody likes something a little bit different, and as much as we don’t like to compare ourselves to them, the Jackass guys proved this type of movie can be successful.”

Any fan of the Nitro Circus and anyone that is a fan of watching unbelievable athleticism needs to get to the theater to see this movie. It may not be ground-breaking the reality sports genre in terms of stunts or even storyline, but it is a feast for your eyeballs that will make you laugh, wince and even jump out of your seat. That right there is worth the price of the ticket. I give it two gloved thumbs up.

Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D opens Wednesday, August 8th.

Justin Dawes

Digital Media Producer | Articles | Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, “JDawg” has been part of the industry for well over two decades. Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, he is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.