Directed by Dana Brown
Red Bull Media House, 2014
By Tammy Wanchena
Finally, a sequel worthy of “On Any Sunday”. “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” is worth the price of admission, even though the cost of a ticket is about $12 more than you would have paid to see the original on the big screen. Dana Brown has the ability to create the same tension and excitement as his dad Bruce did in the original by showing us the world of motorcycling on a grander scale than mere commuting.
I would love to tell you that the first thing that comes to my mind when I think “On Any Sunday” is motorcycling, but the truth is, the first thing that comes to my mind is the cheesy theme song that played throughout. I am happy to report we were spared that this time around until the credits rolled.
What I loved most about this film were the inspiring stories of people who ride in spite of physical impairment or having been in bad crashes. It always amazes me how so many riders are able to brush themselves off and hop back on what’s left of their bikes. Watching Jake McCollough race the Springfield Mile with a mechanical arm made by Mert Lawill touched my heart and set the stage for the stories to follow.
I drink far too much caffeine to not be filled with close to the same level of anxiety that Amy Maddison must have felt watching her husband Robbie do a 375-foot jump off a ski hill-long jump ramp. That is the equivalent of an eighteen and a half story building!
I love when a movie stirs up strong emotions in me, and this movie truly delivers. The anxiety of watching stunts and crashes. The compassion for the riders and their stories. And above all else, the desire it creates to get out and ride. I hope “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” inspires this generation the way the original inspired us so many years ago.