Just for the sake of covering the most important detail first, this 3D experience is the real deal. If you have never seen a production using Disney’s Digital 3D technology, here is your excuse to check it out. While X Games 3D might eventually be released on DVD, the 3D experience is not going to happen in your living room (Translation – get yourself to a theater this weekend to see it).
In terms of the movie itself, there is a quandary for the action sports enthusiast – we already know happens. While I sat in awe of the presentation, I knew what was coming next and was almost mentally Tivo-ing past the gaps. That being said, the creators do a good job in re-packaging footage to create a real sense of drama for the Moto X Best Trick and Skateboard Big Air competitions. And while I am tempted to release spoilers, I will leave you with an axiom of action sports – sometimes the winner isn’t the champion.
While there might be some truth to the claim that the X Games 3D movie is little more than a 90 minute ESPN infomercial, it should also give you some perspective on how large action sports have become. The Summer X Games have been around for 15 years and the Winter X Games for 14 years. The Summer X Games are the biggest sports story and biggest sports production in the world for one weekend a year. Tony Hawk and Shaun White are household names. Skateparks are abundant in the United States. And now we have our own big budget 3D movie. Things have come a long way. Rejoice.
Among the highlights of X Games 3D: The Movie:
- Kyle Loza not being as big of an idiot as previously expected
- A glimpse into the life of the greatest skateboarder in the world, Bob Burnquist
- Danny Way airing over the Great Wall of China with a broken ankle
- A Bob Burnquist and Danny Way mega ramp session including a four-wheel drift and a manual on a box over the gap
X Games 3D was released on Friday, August 21 and will be playing in theaters across the country for the remainder of August so make sure you get hooked-up now.
X Games 3D: The Movie Trailer