Friday, February 26, 2016

Movie review: Highway Thru Hell, Seasons 1-2

Up in Canada the Coquihalla Highway is a major north-south route. It is also 524 km of twisting road exposed to some of the most brutal elements. Follow along with a heavy rescue towing company as they work to keep the road open, keep their business running, and their sanity intact.

Dave Pettitt (Narrator), Jamie Davis, Adam Gazzola, Kevin Ritchie, Rob, Bruce, Scott, Ken.

Highway Thru Hell primarily follows the Jamie Davis towing company, creatively named after the owner and main character in this series, as they struggle to keep the Coquihalla Highway in Canada cleared of semi and auto accidents. As a kid I loved big trucks and the heavy rescue vehicles used in this series are even more impressive. But that pales in comparison to the danger and skills these people use to remove wrecks. One of my favorite scenes in the series was the mid-air flip of a semi-tractor. Simply amazing.

It is hard to tell what is acting and what isn't in a reality series but regardless the cast here was quite enjoyable. Jamie was enjoyable and seemed to deliver well while also holding back just a bit. Adam did a great job, and it appears he does a great job with the company in real life taking much of the management role from Jamie. Ken was another bright spot, feeling like a genuinely likeable guy. Scott had high and low moments but did well, as did the rest of the cast including competitors, highway workers, and clients.

Camera work is simply very well done. To be in these dangerous situations and not only get the shot, but frame it well and clearly was impressive. Sets and backgrounds seems to be all natural scenery and was used, and captured, well. Action, being natural and unscripted, felt bland at times and crazy scary at other times. Dialogue was decent, as was sound and soundtrack.

If you are a fan of reality TV, big trucks, emergency vehicles, or highway life you should enjoy this one.

The series is PG-rated so it should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 2.23.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Reality TV, TV shows, Reality TV series

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