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Senna
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04.03.2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Asif Kapadia

Actors:
Ayrton Senna
Asif Kapadia

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Known as the most passionate, charismatic, dedicated and all out perfectionist of Formula 1 racing, Ayrton Senna's dream was to be the best. His three time world champion career had many ups and downs leading to his tragic death, most of which are shared here by friends, family and peers in this invigorating documentary about one of the world's most gifted men to ever get behind the wheel.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Documentaries are hit and miss, but some of the best ones (ironically, but not surprisingly) are the stories of extraordinary people within the limelight of politics, music, acting and in this case, sports. Ayrton Senna's abilities behind the wheel of a Formula 1 race car are legendary, and will be seen as so even through the eyes of those who know nothing about him or the sport itself (this coming from a guy who knows the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mario Andretti when it comes to racing and I'm not even sure if they qualify as the same thing). But one thing we all have in common is the ability to revel in our fellow man's greatness.

Much to be expected, this documentary follows his life through meager and humble beginning, tales and pictures from friends and family, lots of race footage, interviews as well as an up close look at the man behind the car, so to speak. I'll admit, I'd never heard of this guy before now, but I was moved by his Catholic good natured spirit, his love of his country (Brazil) and his selflessness when it came to the poor and needy. He was a good man, and I for one know all too well how the good die young and tragic. His accident and death are handled delicately (as you would imagine), but it's there in his eye when you hear him talking before hand, the preconceived notion that he knows his time's almost up. I can only imagine how bleak a feeling that must be when you feel someone (or something) walk over your grave. It makes things hit home that much harder.

SENNA isn't a film you'll know or have heard about unless you follow F1 racing religiously enough to know the who's who of the sport. Does that make it a hard watch? Not really. I've always admired these guys for having the balls to get behind the wheel of one of those things, it's got to be one of the most fear inducing sports on the planet. I got in a simulation pod once at an FX show in L.A. that simulated racing at the speeds these cars travel, as well as the heat and claustrophobic ends of it. It's not pretty, and let me tell you, you really have to love it. Ayrton Senna was a master of his craft, loved by his family and peers (even by his rivals from a professional standpoint) and went out doing what he loved at the San Marino Grand Prix. Some people get ignited by crashes at these events, thinking that's the best part of the show. Somehow I don't feel there's anything exciting about hitting a wall at 230kph, but that's just me.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Asif Kpadia, writer Manish Pandy and producer James Gay-Rees serve up a play-by-play that comes off very similar to the feature itself. I'm not even sure why they bothered with a commentary in the first place as documentaries are in and about themselves generally commentaries of sorts to begin with.

Interviews: Some of these go above and beyond what's used and seen in the film while others are recycled in whole or in part. All in all they capture the essence of the man very well though.

Senna Family Home Videos: In a case like this (where tragedy occurs), I'd be more apt to keep these all personal. I can see sharing some for a better look at the good times, but then again, when a loved one is taken from us, sometimes it's okay to be selfish and keep these close to home.

Previews: There's a trailer for the feature as well as a couple other previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Nothing fuels an ambitious person's passions like revelling in another's greatness. It doesn't matter if you play Basketball, Ping Pong, or drive very fast cars, seeing the best excel in what they do makes you want to do what you do better. Is there any other reason you need to watch this film? I don't think so.
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5:29AM on 04/03/2012
screw that rating dude, i give it 5 stars, itīs an amazing insight on Sennaīs life as a pilot. if you like motor racing and you know what F1 is, you HAVE to see this and you will love it with passion, if you have no idea what F1 is, just stick with the harry potters of life :P hehehe
screw that rating dude, i give it 5 stars, itīs an amazing insight on Sennaīs life as a pilot. if you like motor racing and you know what F1 is, you HAVE to see this and you will love it with passion, if you have no idea what F1 is, just stick with the harry potters of life :P hehehe
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