How Fast Can This Thing Go?

The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Starring: Anthony Hopkins

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The World’s Fastest Indian is based on the true story of Burt Munro, a man from New Zealand who dreamed of taking his motorcycle to the Bonneville Salt Flats. With his health failing, Burt decides he can’t wait any longer. He saves the money needed to transport his motorcycle to the United States and buys a clunker of a car to tow his bike across the desert to Utah.

Everything does not go according to plan. In fact, Burt is met with a near-constant stream of obstacles, but he perseveres. Imagine traveling thousands of miles just to be turned away. His kind nature and ability to befriend strangers inspired others to take up his cause and help him to achieve his dream.

I have a need for speed, so I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. If you enjoy movies like Cars, Speed Racer, and Ford vs. Ferrari, this movie will be right up your alley.

I also enjoyed the cinematography in this film. I’m not familiar with other movies directed by Roger Donaldson. Still, this movie has many scenes that were cinematically very beautiful and others that were crafted in an emotionally powerful way.

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