Plot: Snowboarder Kevin Pearce must try to live life again after a horrible accident.
Review: Kevin Pearce was one of the world’s best snowboarders. While he was practicing for the Olympics, he took a hard fall that left me with a serious brain injury. The documentary tells the story of Kevin’s recovery both physically and more importantly mentally.
The story shows exactly how bad brain injuries are following Kevin afterwards. We see how different he is before and after. How much he wants to go back to the old ways even if he can’t. Most importantly it shows not only how dangerous the action sports are but why they have gotten worse and worse. The sport is mainly run by corporation and the Olympics has to make their courses more dangerous to keep it. It’s a danger and something that I don’t see going away anytime soon. In fact at the beginning they talk to Sarah Burke, another skiier, about the injuries she has had and before they stopped filming she had a lethal accident on the same course as Pearce.
These people are really risking their lives for our enjoyment and I don’t think they get the recognition they deserve. I’m glad a documentary like this was made as brain injuries are largely misunderstood and glossed over. In fact, Pearce himself is a good example.
After two years, he looks a lot like how he used to but mentally he isn’t anywhere near the same (they say about 4%.) It shows how much one slip can do and does a great job showing the risks and joys of the action sports. After watching it, I can say “I Ride for Kevin.”
Trivia: Part of the HBO Summer Series.