|SUNSHINE SUPERMAN (director/writer: Marah Strauch; screenwriter: Eric Bruggemann; cinematographers: Vasco Nunes/Nicolay Poulsen; editors: Marah Strauch/Eric Bruggemann/Kevin McGuinness; music: KAADA; cast: Jean Boenish, John Long, Carol Price, Bob Boenish, Sally Kroeker, Charlie Ducat, Rick Harrison, Bill Wendt, Dave Blatell, Kent Lane, Jim Winkler, Phil Mayfield, Phil Smith, Fred Husoy, Einar Fride Myskja, Kjell Erik Stromskag, Erik Fonz; Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Eric Bruggemann/Marah Strauch; Magnolia Pictures; 2014)|
by Dennis Schwartz
heart-stopping cliff-jumping doc, an extreme sports
thriller, profiles the colorful legendary
engineer-turned-cliff-jumper Carl Boenish. He's
known as the father of the extreme sport called BASE
jumping. The BASE acronym stands for
“Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth.”
guy loved diving off mountains and skyscrapers before
not making it one time when in 1984 jumping off the
Norwegian 'Trol Wall' mountain range. This came after
he and his wife jumped successfully off that mountain
range, setting records, just a few days before.
16mm archive footage, the state of art aerial
photography, all the jumps of himself that Carl
filmed, the well-executed re-enactments and interviews
with Carl's loyal cliff-jumping wife Jean and fellow
jumpers make up the gist of the engaging film. The
thrill-seeking sport hardly interested me, but
daredevils are often interesting characters and that
is certainly true here.
Boenish was technical adviser for Burt Lancaster's
excellent The Gypsy Moths, which did justice to those
who choose such a life as daredevil parachutists.
Though this pic does not excel, it makes for passable
REVIEWED ON 11/8/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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