Absinthe’s Snowboard Movie Twel2ve: Review

I’m a big fan of Absinthe snowboard movies: Futureproof and More are among my favourite shred films. Consequently the bar is high when I watch one of their new productions. Unfortunately, this one didn’t hit the spot for me. Find out why…

Twel2ve by Absinthe

Gigi Ruf opens the film. He’s got some sweet lines in there – just like you’d expect. Maybe not blessed with great weather days for filming, but you can still apreciate the sick skills. Lots of pillows. Very smooth, distinctive style.

But I didn’t really like the song, nor some of the filming techniques for that matter.

Next rider – Lucas Debari. Wow he had some good shots too. Starting with some sick back 3 tail grabs… This part leads into Blair Habenicht, the first hanging-wire-sequence was very impressive. He also had some good big mountain shots.

Song was ok, but I was starting to wonder where they were going with the soundtrack…

Dan Brisse. Powerful rider with good style, I like that combination. He doesn’t hold back, that’s for sure. It’s another urban assault. I think the song from his part was used way back, in White Balance? Probably the musical highlight of the film for me.

After that, I kind of lost the plot.

Soundtracks and composition

One of the reasons I really like a number of the Absinthe productions is that I’ve connected with their composition. The way they put sounds and images together has worked really well for me. The flow of the movie; the overall feel. I simply didn’t get that with Twel2ve, it didn’t work for me.

I’m not knocking the riding, there are some awesome shots in this film; sick riding. Above, I didn’t even get as far as mentioning Wolle Nyvelt; are you supposed to be that good with no bindings? I could watch him noboarding all day.

Not to mention Bode Merrill. He’s on his game right now. He closes the film with two sections. The first is a fully loaded jib-fest, top notch urban shredding. Then he switches songs and fills another part with backcountry freestyle. Insane one-footers – are you kidding me? Great style with creative tricks and imaginative lines. Maybe the best part; sick.

But I couldn’t get past the soundtrack. It seemed disconnected from the riding. If I’m watching a series of bangers – I want to like the music, the vibe. This wasn’t for me. Maybe it will connect for others?

Overall

If the soundtrack is important to you, I’d recommend listening to some of the songs below. Music aside, it didn’t shine like some of the previous productions from Absinthe. Maybe the filming wasn’t quite so special; maybe I’m swayed by my dislike for the overall theme. It was good, not stand out awesome.

I can’t argue with the snowboarding though; there’s a lot of good riding. Personally, I won’t watch this movie too many times; it may not get another viewing…

Trailer for Twel2ve and Availability on iTunes

If you do like the sound ot the movie, or you’re interested, here’s the trailer. Plus, you can buy it on iTunes, which is a great option (what I did). Another good option is to rent it on iTunes. In this case that would have been a better option for me; if you’re not sure, could save a bit of cash…

http://youtu.be/M0FfwOupElA

Soundtrack to Twel2ve

Following are the songs from the film. Like I said above, I’d recommend trying the sample to some of them if the soundtrack is important to you…

2 Comments

  • Reply November 22, 2011

    Bo

    Ain’t the song from the trailer in the soundtrack? “Lykke Li – Get some” (as far as I know).

  • Reply November 23, 2011

    Gavin

    Hey Bo, yep the song for the trailer is “Get Some” by Lykke Li.

    More my kind of music actually, the type of song I’d connect with on a shred soundtrack…

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