Saturday, May 22, 2010
Netflix Instant Watch Review: "Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness"
My toes curled when I saw this in the instant watch documentaries on Netflix! Wahoo! I've long been an urban explorer, actually since I was really little, but have taken up the passion again with a hunger that is hard to quench. What is it about sorting through abandoned places and crawling, climbing, and poking around? It's hard to describe unless you've ever just been curious "what's in there?" then gone inside and found time frozen... The most interesting places to me are ones no one has been in for a very long time, not the tagged properties in the city everyone knows about. I'm talking about places put to rest and hidden away where no one goes, sometimes with furnishings and belongings till left behind. As a psychic whose main expertise is touching items and gathering info, this is a thrill ride!
This documentary follows a whole lot of nerds, the guys who had no group in school, sulked in a dark corner, weren't real good at conversing... You know the types. We called them spazes and goths, sometimes nerds and general misanthropes...
This quirky bunch of people finds what they do to be the coolest thing in the world. They test their bravery and skills against something that can't talk back, a sewer, a tunnel, a crumbling building. They go in the darkness when no one else is around (their favorite time) and make a conquest like Zak Bagans screaming at a haunted building with bravado he might not have if that building were full of people.
This is funny and amazing and totally stupifying because a lot of the documentary is about the personalities who do it. It's a whole (pardon the pun) underground culture. They go all over the world with more equipment than a ghost hunter. Even if you're not so into urban exploring, this video was so worth seeing for the beauty alone. There are lots of still shots of the most amazing sights you will never see if you don't haul yourself off at nighttime to trespass and endanger your health and your freedom. Live vicariously through these guys and see stuff you never imagined...
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