Sunday, September 4, 2016

Movie review: APEX: The Story of the Hypercar

APEX: The Story of the Hypercar takes a look at a visionary carmaker and his desire to break into the hypercar market, competing against names like Ferrari and McLaren. Along the way the film takes a look behind the scenes at top-secret development facilities, and how the cars are tested on the track.

Zachary Levi (Narrator).

While APEX: The Story of the Hypercar sounds as if it examines the class as a whole, the film really focuses on Swedish entrepreneur Christian von Koenigsegg. His vision is to build a hypercar based on a 1:1 horsepower vs. weight ratio. But rather than focusing on the technical aspects of the car, the film focuses more on competition to market and track testing. Along the way we get a brief look at development by competitors such as Ferrari, McLaren, and Pagani.

Being a documentary there really isn't much acting here, just interviews, which were enjoyable.

Camera work was pretty good with nice use of natural scenery and action cameras used both in and on the cars being examined. For a documentary this one did a nice job of putting us in the drivers seat. Interview dialogue and narration were good. As was sound and technical work overall.

If you are someone who wants design details or a focus on technical specifications you may be a bit disappointed with this one. But if you want a big picture look at hypercar development and marketing, you should enjoy this one.

Nothing here to limit audience age. In fact, younger car fanatics will probably enjoy this one.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 8.13.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Documentary, Automobile

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