My brain is collapsing in on itself!
The Ultimate Rush.
Australian stuntman Grant Page goes to Los Angeles to work on a television series. He uses his spare time to lend his expertise to rock band Sorcer. Page helps the band develop pyrotechnic magic tricks for their shows, and also recounts to his own exploits as a stuntman and daredevil as well as various stunts by other greats.
Giving this movie less than five stars should result in a mandatory five year prison sentence.
There is an alternate reality where I wouldn't give Stunt Rock five stars. I feel bad for the FilmApe who lives in that reality.
Part documentary, part concert film, part action movie (sort of), Stunt Rock presents stunts and rock in their most undiluted form. Grant Page will be your new idol and Sorcery will be your new favorite band. Everything in this movie screams awesome, but don't expect any story. What exists is there simply to give Page a chance to say "I remember that..." before showing another montage of awesome stunts. The stunts are only topped by the performances of Sorcery, with The King Of Wizards fighting The Prince Of Darkness with illusions and magic while guitar solos wail. Yes, this is as awesome as it sounds. Just watch this movie.
A fire-wielding, glitter-bombing wizard fights a devil on-stage while a hair rock band jams on. Aussie stuntman-turned-amateur actor Grant Page practices death-defying stunts, most of which involve fire. There's a dude in the band, aptly named Sorcery, who wears a hood at all times. Brian Trenchard-Smith uses the most fantastic split-screen this side of Woodstock & the work of Brian De Palma.
This is a (mostly formless) hangout movie, only with intermittent bursts of stunts & rock... most of which involve fire.
It was a beautiful print & presentation wasted on the most talkative bunch of drunk assholes I've been in a theater with in quite some time. There were wizards! And fire! How could that not silence a crowd?
"When in doubt, blow it up. If you can't, light it on fire."
What in the world was that? This... was really something. I think, yes, I can say with certainty it was definitely some thing. What else can I say about it? It's got stunts. And it's got rock. And as one of the characters says in the final scene, "we should call it Stunt Rock". Yes, the title definitely does this one justice. It's also got me wondering why in the hell Grant Page didn't play Crocodile Dundee. He's pretty much my hero now. It's worth mentioning that this movie has almost no plot. It's a pseudo-documentary/clip show/concert movie. And it's kind of amazing.
Stunts. Rock. Magic.
An unapologetically non-narrative celebration of stunts, and a promotional film for the band Sorcery (who actually seem pretty good). The stunts are fuckin' awesome and fun (and it's nice to see a legitimate stunt man (Grant Page) get the limelight for once. He isn't a natural actor, but Page has a charm and bravura that comes across on the screen. The musical numbers feel a bit superfluous, but they are fun. To director Paul-Michel Mielche Jr and co-screenwriter Brian Trenchard-Smith's credit, they do manage to work both Grant Page's stunt work and Sorcery's stage act into a satisfying ending.
One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
This is Spinal Tap meets The Stuntman
A lot of non-contextual stunts and shitty glam rock numbers. A real goddamn mess.
Watching Stunt Rock, you get the feeling the filmmakers are almost as brazen as its protagonist, real-life stuntman Grant Page.
To reach a somewhat reasonable running time, this Australian/Dutch oddity shamelessly pads out the 'story' with stunts from Grant's other films: a character will ask Grant something like, 'Tell us again about your most dangerous stunt, Grant!', and we'll instantly get a scene from Dangerfreaks, Mad Dog Morgan or Gone In Sixty seconds.
It doesn't end there: there's also footage spliced in from a documentary about Grant, random black and white stunt imagery that's probably in the public domain, and about five full length musical numbers from a rock outfit called Sorcery (the movie's heroes appear to attend the same…
The most honest ad for movie ever.
"Watch! A movie with only crazy stunts and a magic oriented rock acts!"
And that it was.
The title says it all. It is is literally Stunts and Rock. And a little bit of magic thrown in as well.