I think that the best reviews bridge the gap between summary and analysis. In the case of unReal, however, to fully describe the movie is to ruin the magic. Suffice to say, the trailers and behind the scenes articles for the movie haven't spoiled much (except for a certain humungous front flip): unReal is the best and most ambitious movie that Anthill has ever made. Part of that comes from the Ants' partnership with Teton Gravity Research (TGR), a major production company in the ski and snowboard world. TGR executive produced the movie and lent the Ants a bunch of very expensive camera gear to help them capture some seemingly impossible imagery. This is Anthill's movie, however, and their signature style is stamped on every frame. Unlike past films which favoured the classic docu/shred format (rider narration and then action), unReal favours a more story-based approach: think of it as ''Office Space with David Attenborough narrating meets a mountain bike movie in which anything is possible.''
unReal features incredible riding from the usual suspects: Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Graham Agassiz, Steve Smith, and Thomas Vanderham, as well as clips with Brook Macdonald, Finn Iles, Ian Morrison, James Doerfling, and Matty Miles. For me, the breakout star of the film is Tom van Steenbergen. van Steenbergen's 60-foot front flip stands as one of the most impressive things ever done on a mountain bike and fits in well amongst a vast array of technical tricks alongside Cam McCaul at Turtle Ranch. Tom gets a second segment on his trail bike and it includes some of the most stunning cable cam work I've seen anywhere - plus one of the most dangerous riding partners you could ever ask for. The Whistler segment is surreal and has the kind of 'good vibes' feel that will inspire countless daydreams of bike park laps with friends. Brandon Semenuk's segment is now up online for your viewing pleasure and, in my opinion, stands as one of the greatest video parts in action sport's history. When the credits rolled I was disappointed, I wanted to spend more time in the unReal world, savouring some truly creative riding and filmmaking. Anthill's latest movie is an escapist mountain bike film which will have you leaving work early in search of singletrack, away from the mundanities of the 'real' world. It stands comfortably amongst the Collective's filmography and should rank as a true bike movie classic.