Motiv8tion A Documentary Review

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After receiving my DVD copy from the producer himself, a good friend we called Steelrat in the forums, I immediately insert the disc to the player in excitement to see the first ever documentary about the muscle car culture in the Philippines.

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First impressions, the intro feels like a 70’s movie which is really approriate for the documentary, great musical score, the intro credits are snappy, I was eager to see more!

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As the film progresses on, familiar faces started to fill the screen, talks about how they got their early respective muscle cars, the excitement, the challenges that came with owning a muscle car. Owners as far as north of Manila was adequately covered. The fun doesn’t seem to stop even as the profanity-filled road rage heats up, such is driving a muscle car around congested Metro Manila. I love the Castro, Route 66, Grace interviews, those people who tirelessly work to get these muscles running in this part of the world other than the United States.

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But just like any other documentaries, MotiV8tion has its own share of dull moments. I guess there was so much time spent on covering the road rages, the bad roads in the Metro Manila, the discourteous drivers etc.

Noticeably, there was an absence of a “center piece” car, everyone’s talking about their cars, but the missing “star car” is not there. I mean, it’s fine to talk about each other’s cars but all the guys in the show should “glue” themselves to that “star car” to make the flick a bit more interesting, that one car everyone should be talking about.

Last but not the least (hoping for the MV8N2?) Southern Philippines wasn’t duly represented, I think there’s good chance catching a Shelby Cobra down there.

Overall, the film is awesome! I will watch again during my dull moments together with the other crowdfunded Philippine car documentary Racing With The Legends.

 

**** <– 4 Stars!

 

 

 

 

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