In this film, the folks over at IMV tackle the task of
documenting a Hummer
trail ride at Moab. In short, they went out to film a bunch of
Hummers, rock faces, wheeling, carnage, spectacular views and
a group of people having a good time on the trails.
This is a DVD that is fun to sit down and watch when you
can't be on the trails, or to put on in the background while
you are working on your truck. As a viewer, you get an
introduction to a variety of the characters in the Hummer
world and you get an opportunity to see Hummers rambling
through the spectacular scenery of Moab. As an added bonus,
you get to see the crew from IMV wheeling on terrain that
requires slower speeds and low gearing than their previous
"rally style" off-road experiences while driving
in beater cars.
Newcomers to wheeling in a Hummer can learn the benefits of
BTM alongside these first time drivers of the "Angry Iron"
rig borrowed from Shawn Smith.
When I asked director Sav Charudattan about the experience,
he explained that, " At IMV, we were accustomed to pushing
automobiles, racecars and bikes to the limit on the street or
at the track. The most off
road experience we had was with beater rally
cars driving 70 mph through Florida pine forests during
the night. Usually we try and AVOID the rocks or roots
in the road. So it was quite a change to intentionally
seek out seemingly impossible obstacles and drive directly
OVER them instead of around."
The crew at IMV succeeds in making the viewer feel like
they are part of the action – don't be surprised if you
feel a little like you were out there as part of this Moab
Hummer convoy when you are done watching.
Be warned, there are two versions of this film on the DVD,
one uncensored and one censored. The uncensored version does
have harsh language, and the censored version features more
bleeps than a game of Pac-Man (but you can probably get away
with watching that one with the family!)
All in all, "Moab: Like Nothing Else" is a 70 minute
documentary that is fun to watch and makes you want to roll
out to Moab and wheel. There aren't a whole lot of Hummer
films or videos out there, but to date this is the best one on
(photos by Bill Damm, Jerry Reynolds, Dave Elzea provided
courtesy of IMV Films)