The Crash Reel – review

Lucy Walker’s inspiring documentary tracks snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury

Kevin Pearce went into a double-cork 1080 one of the world’s greatest snowboarders. He came out of a coma six days later, having suffered a traumatic brain injury. Lucy Walker’s inspiring documentary tracks his recovery from his devastating accident, following him as he learns to sit up, walk and – eventually – express a wish to get back on his board again. A crash reel – a montage of a boarder’s hardest bails – is supposed to be funny, but Walker flips the format painfully on its head. Kevin will never be the athlete he was before his accident. His family sees that, Walker sees that. The Crash Reel is about watching Kevin come round to that realisation. This is an atypical sports movie. It’s about placing your ambition on the back burner, about winning by giving up. Kevin’s physical recovery is quick. The bigger drama is in his acceptance of what happened and how it has changed him.

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