Sunday, October 5, 2014

Breaking and Entering (2010) - 5 stars out of 10

Breaking and Entering (2010) - 5 stars out of 10

“Breaking and Entering” is an interesting chronicle of several everyday people in their pursuit to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.   Some of the records, such as the World’s Largest Hula Hoop, do not require any sort of skill.  Other records require training and a life-long commitment.  The format of the documentary takes us alongside a joggler, a stationary cyclist, and a grape catcher as they plan, prepare, and execute their record-breaking attempts.  Their stories are interspersed with other record holders who reflect on their own experiences.  At first, it seems unlikely that these characters could become heroes and the subject matter does not seem to be very dramatic; however, as the film unfolds, you will find yourself cheering for these everyday people and the surprising twists that appear in their stories.  George Hood is the most amazing of the featured men as he rides a stationary bike for 111 hours without sleep.  His sheer willpower as he fights through the pain is incredible.  Michal Kapral brings a different perspective of record-setting as he duels against another joggler in pursuit of the world record.  Since you probably don’t know, joggling is juggling three balls while running a marathon.  Ridiculous.  The most impressive part is that these guys are amongst the top finishers of each marathon even though they are juggling!  The Grape Guy brings unintended comic relief as he is reminiscent of a character in a Christopher Guest mockumentary.  You wouldn’t expect it, but “Breaking and Entering” is full of comedy, drama, and flat-out impressive record holders.

[Pictured: Joggler Michal Kapral can outrun all of us... while juggling]

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