Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Video Review: Forum or Against 'Em

Rider List:
Peter Line, Eddie Wall, Joni Malmi, John Jackson, Pat Moore, Jake Blauvelt, Stevie Bell, Nic Sauve, Travis Kennedy, Jake Welch

A well-done, trippy opening sequence (if a bit long), set the tone early. This video has a ton of personality and I actually learned something about the riders as people throughout the each section. How about that!? It isn't the case of personality being the compliment because the riding sucked, either... in fact the riding was on-point, too. That's right, the rare double of being full of bangers while also giving you time to catch your breath. It seemed like every other rider in this flick got broken off hard. Lots of injuries on the Forum team last season and lots of gutsy parts from riders who weren't playing with a full deck, so to speak. By now, you've probably seen that both Pat and Jake were nominated for Transworld Awards. Jake's is not the part you might imagine. Pat's is, and then some. It was great to see Peter Line out there this year with his distinct style yet again. All the parts are really solid in this video. It really doesn't let up throughout. The action is mostly urban with a bit of park and backcountry freestyle and even some big mountain when you least expect it.

My only let down came at the end. Daniel Ek's section (and Greg Bretz's, but I don't know much about him) was limited to 2 shots at the very end. I'm not talking during the credits, I'm talking after the credits. I don't know if he was hurt or what, but fuck that shit! I'm expecting big things from that kid. He's got so much energy and talent it's unreal. Set a Google alert for his name and watch it blow up. You'll see. Anyway, I was talking slops on this video. The only other one was that they recycled some spots. I'll let 'em off the hook this time, but only because they used some shots from Mt. Hood SkiBowl, which is the closest chairlift to my front door. Represent! or something

Overall, Forum or Against 'Em kicked ass and for 6 bucks on iTunes, you can hardly go wrong. Get it, you won't regret it.

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