If you are a motorcycle enthusiast and have not yet seen this movie, you must. The Worlds Fastest Indian is about the life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle; a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
I just picked up the DVD a few weeks ago, didn’t manage to catch the movie while it was in the theatre. I was literally at the edge of my seat almost throughout the film. It’s hardly supposed to be a suspense thriller, but for me it was. Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) approach his journey open minded and no concerns, almost a little naive, and as the spectator you know everything that can go wrong will go wrong, you’re just waiting for when.
I’m not going to reveal to you what obstacles Burt overcomes on his journey to the Bonneville Salt Flats with his 1920 Indian Motorcycle, let’s just say it’s not your average Sunday stroll. The interesting, and at some points nerve wrecking, story is not if he makes it to the Salt Flats and set a record or not, of course he does. The story lies in how, and it has plenty of potential to be watched again and again.
The extra material on the DVD is pretty good. Especially the short documentary about the real Burt Munro. There’s some video of him test riding his Indian, while half of his home town is watching from the road side. Then of course there’s the usual making of, behind the scenes etc. that’s not too bad either. In my opinion The Worlds Fastest Indian is an instant classic that deserves it’s spot next to your worn out copy of Easy Rider.