Movie review: “199 Lives”
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Travis Pastrana movie review: “199 Lives”

Movie Review by Susan Carpenter
In the 20 years Travis Pastrana has been pummeling motorcycles, he’s broken more than 60 bones, survived 25 concussions and, in the process, become the most celebrated motocross freestyler of all time. How does someone like Pastrana even happen?

That’s the subject of the appropriately titled new documentary “199 Lives: The Travis Pastrana Story,” which screens at select theaters around the country today and Thursday. (Photo by Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times)
Anyone who’s watched Pastrana accomplish his death-defying feats on TV or live at various events will sit bug-eyed before the big screen as they watch the bottomless pit of outrageous footage that supports his daredevil resume. (Photograph by Christian Pondella)
Pastrana’s landing of his legendary double back flip at the 2006 X Games is impressive enough, but there are also up-close-and-personal shots of him jumping from an airplane without a parachute, rolling a rally car and launching -- with a passenger -- into the gaping maw of the Grand Canyon. (Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times Photographer)
If you take Evel Knievel’s life and multiply it by 10, you’ll get Travis Pastrana’s. And he’s just 24 years old. (Photograph by Simon Cudby)