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Language: English
Category: Movie / Documentary / Adventure / Sport
Original Title: Reveal the Path
Director: Mike Dion
Released: 2012
Duration: 1h 14min
Video type: Movie
Reveal the Path is a genre-defying adventure film that contemplates what it means to live an inspired life using the bicycle as a mechanism to explore, dream and discover.
Credited cast:
Jason Bucher Jason Bucher - Himself
Mike Dion Mike Dion - Himself
Jez Hastings Jez Hastings - Himself
Pat Irwin Pat Irwin - Himself
Matthew Lee Matthew Lee - Himself
Kim McNett Kim McNett - Herself
Bjorn Olson Bjorn Olson - Himself
Kurt Refsnider Kurt Refsnider - Himself
Mike Riemer Mike Riemer - Himself
Kathy Sarns Kathy Sarns - Herself
Hunter Weeks Hunter Weeks - Himself

Reviews: [4]

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    Synopsis: A bunch of really white guys who spend more on their bikes and gear than the federal poverty level for a family of 4 go places to ride bikes and film themselves.

    This is not really a movie about bicycling however. It's a movie about thinking out loud and being impressed with whatever you come up with. There is far more pontificating than pedaling and it wears you down like an uphill climb. Some of the guys really struggle to piece something poetic together when the camera is turned on them. Those moments are palpable and cringe-worthy.

    To say these characters are a bit self-absorbed doesn't really do it justice. They all believe they have something profound to offer and neither brevity nor humility were packed in their panniers.

    "You don't really find the path. The path finds you." Maybe if you're heavily into stoner philosophy you'd enjoy 73 minutes of gems like that but I didn't.
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    This is a documentary about a group of sponsored cyclists that spout bits of drink-fueled wisdom, go to scenic places, ride expensive bikes, and wear expensive gear, all very pretentiously. It doesn't seem to really be about bicycling, but non-cyclists will not find anything of interest either. For comparison, if you liked "Ride The Divide", featuring some of the same cyclists, this will be a disappointment.

    The production quality is OK and the scenery is pretty good but any footage that may contain anything interesting is missing. Many times we see the rider ride up to the camera's location and say something that makes you wish you'd seen where he'd been, but somehow the camera always misses the action. The characters involved are very easy to dislike and they don't even seem to get along with each other all that well. They are so very serious about what they say, but it's all just vapid nonsense. But then again, most athletes should not be allowed to speak on camera without a script, or they should stick to things they know, like lifting heavy things or how to go fast, definitely not philosophy.

    Being a cyclist and sometime bike builder and having followed Matthew Lee's career, I was excited to see this show up on Netflix. What a bummer. I tried first to watch it with my wife. She turned it off after about ten minutes and I didn't complain. I tried again later in the evening to see if I could make sense of it. Nope, still doesn't work. Even being in the most relaxed receptive mood possible, and watching a documentary about something I immensely enjoy, Lee and the rest of the cyclists in this documentary only reveal the path to boredom.
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    This is pretty painful to watch.

    A few guys go bike-packing with GoPros. They don't seem to have a real goal or anything, they just go places and ride around; rarely do they seem to deviate from well signed, worn tourist trails. These are the sort of place one might expect to visit on a normal riding holiday. We even see some signposts in the film pointing 'Bike path this way'.

    The film is littered with clueless, speculative commentary on what is around them. A great example is to be found 51 minutes in - they find a little shaded hut with a bench in it, next to what is obviously a popular tourist hiking trail. They manage to waste a whole two minutes of film time meditating on the mysterious purpose of this hut and it's place in the world. They claim the view is spectacular, but all we get to see is some foggy grassy hills with a farm building in the foreground. Then they ride through a village and fill another few minutes of film with a local guy listing the crops and animals they raise in the village (rice and goats, mainly, if you can't take the suspense). There's no interest, nothing unique, no research, no insight. These guys stand at the foot of the Eiger in Switzerland, looking up. The insightful commentary? "It's massive."

    The cinematography is uninspiring; despite riding some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the world, nothing looks great. There's some gratuitous use of 'bloom' effects. The camera work makes the riding look unexciting and often a bit second-rate.

    The cod-philosophy and self-quoting is cringe-worthy. "Bikes all speak a universal language", "You don't find the path... the path finds you", the whole film is littered with this pretentious dialogue; I have no idea how the producer induced otherwise presumably reasonable people to spout such drivel. About 24 minutes in our heroes are smugly berating some poor local in a Swiss bar who hasn't achieved so much cycling as they have; it's among the most self-satisfied things I've ever watched.

    Final point: The soundtrack. Every backing track is crushingly dull. There is a loop of drums and bagpipes used over the sections in Scotland which is possibly the most repetitive, boring music I've ever heard. All the music is mixed in a slightly muted level leaving plenty of volume space for the cod-philosophy; the effect is demoting the music to a Muzak-type ambient noise that has no real link to the footage, it just fills audio space.
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    Started this documentary straight after Riding the Divide, which in fairness had a story behind it. I expected something similar but slowly fell into the realisation that no matter how much goodwill the characters might have accrued in the preceding documentary, by the end of this one, there would be very little left. Most people who would want to watch this already know how amazing travel experiences can change your life perspective, your views on humanity and fuel your desire to keep on exploring. However, much like a teacher does when he just fills empty minutes in a badly or unplanned lesson (believe me, I have done this and it does not feel or look good on your audience's faces), these guys just give themselves license to babble out cheap wannabe eloquent philosophy that you could spread out thinly on a calendar and no one would bother to read. Having said that, if you do want some travel inspiration and have a nice big TV, put this on, mute the TV, and listen to your favourite music while enjoying great scenery and different shots of bikes you probably can't afford or can do without.