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.
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!
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.
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!