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Two Types Of People Jump Off A Cliff…

28th October 2017

I went into Base believing it to be a documentary about Base jumping and wingsuiters. Whilst it’s filmed in a documentary style (GoPro’s ahoy), it’s very much a film.

Alexander Polli (a wingsuit flyer himself who sadly died in August 2016 in a wingsuit accident), plays JC, an extreme sports junkie who films everything he does.

His usual jump partner is Chico, Carlos Pedro Briceno (an extreme sports veteran), and the two are inseparable, even when two becomes three and Ash, Julie Dray (Crashing (TV), Cradle To Grave (TV)), Chico’s girlfriend, joins the duo.

The documentary style filming (the GoPro filming) works well and has you convinced for a good half-hour until tragedy strikes and that’s when the film begins to slow down too much.

Before we get to that we should talk about the Base jumping and wingsuit filming which are just stunning and scary in equal measure. I know you feasibly couldn’t, but I couldn’t help imagine how good those shots would be in IMAX.

Anyway, as they are they are they are still great and will have you wincing and gawping equally. Even the accidents are well done.

After around 40-minutes into Base things begin to go from being neither a documentary nor a film and into something more akin to an advert for Red Bull.

JC begins to fall for Ash and the two become a couple. The montage for this shows various extreme sports, mixed with hugging, kissing etc. Trouble is, Ash doesn’t know the truth behind Chico’s accident and she’d likely not be pleased if she did.

Director and writer Richard Parry (Blood Trail, Generation E) and writer Tom Williams (Chalet Girl, Kajaki) attempt to add some emotion and feeling to the proceedings which sadly don’t quite hit the mark.

In truth, you begin to miss the happy-go-lucky beginning when these two best friends where jumping, flying and laughing.

This, to me anyway, feels like a greater tribute to Polli. This is him doing what he loved, this is him in his element.

I’m unsure as to what Parry and Williams set out to make with Base. A film in a documentary style about base-jumping? A love story?

In the end, and perhaps understandably, it gets a little muddled between the two and a tribute to Polli. As the latter, it works wonderfully, as a film, it’s visually breath-taking but narratively struggles.

BASE is in UK Cinemas now and available Worldwide on iTunes and On Demand from 6th November #BASEMovie

DETAILS

  

RELEASE DATE
6th November 2017

DIRECTED BY
Richard Parry

WRITTEN BY
Richard Parry, Tom Williams

Running Time:
1h 23min

Certificate:
15

THE QUICK SELL
I went into Base believing it to be a documentary about Base jumping and wingsuiters. Whilst it's filmed in a documentary style (GoPro's ahoy), it's very much a film.

CAST & CREW
Alexander polli, Carlos pedro Briceno, Julie Dray, Richard Parry, Tom Williams

DETAILS

  

RELEASE DATE
6th November 2017

DIRECTED BY
Richard Parry

WRITTEN BY
Richard Parry, Tom Williams

Running Time:
1h 23min

Certificate:
15

THE QUICK SELL
I went into Base believing it to be a documentary about Base jumping and wingsuiters. Whilst it's filmed in a documentary style (GoPro's ahoy), it's very much a film.

CAST & CREW
Alexander polli, Carlos pedro Briceno, Julie Dray, Richard Parry, Tom Williams

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