Review by Joanna Gravett:
The blaring sound of a motorbike engine is the first thing we hear as the opening shots of Adrenaline Junkie hit the big screen. You can feel the excitement and power of the two wheeled metal monsters, as the narrator introduces us to his story. Engine fired, we, with the narrator, are ready to get out onto the road to ride hard and fast. It’s like a drug, he says – and we’re already hooked. We expect speed, action, adventure! But with all the hype, we forget one thing: being an adrenaline junkie can have grave consequences.
One minute we are looking at the bright, expensive bikes, raring to go. And the next? A hospital ward. Drips. Needles. Tubes. These are the close ups that fill our eyes as we survey the uninviting, blue surroundings. It’s very clever editing. No more bright lights and fiery engines. In contrast to roaring down a sunny motorway at lightning speed, the narrator lies on his bed, unable to move, in a serious amount of pain.
But there’s another twist. Just as we have given up hope for the narrator the music picks up, the light gets brighter again, and his voice lifts. This isn’t so much a severe warning, as a story of hope. A story that will, no matter how bad things get, encourage you to carry on. Because however badly we may be hurt, physically or mentally, we all have the power to go forward and achieve.
The narrator is out of his hospital bed, pushing himself to the limit, doing things he’s never dreamed of doing. This powerful story is a delight to watch, taking you through the highs and lows of life with the power of lighting, close ups, and sounds to trigger your emotions.
Listen to a news story and all you hear about is someone who has had a bad accident. Watch a drama and you’ll see the doctors racing around them in the hospital, patching them up, while their relatives look on in despair. What you are never allowed to discover is what happens afterwards. Are they fine one month later? How do they cope? Adrenaline Junkie will answer these questions, while providing a heart-warming insight into how those who have suffered from accidents come together via some amazing support groups. And who said the NHS was a failure?