I found 12 O’Clock Boys on a list of must-see documentaries and I have to say, it was interesting. I’m not sure I would put it in the category of “must-see” but it was definitely interesting.
I had no idea that there were gangs of dirt bike wheelie riders in Baltimore – they’ve apparently been a big thing there for years. It is a whole segment of the gang-banging community that lives for their Sunday rides through Baltimore on dirt bikes and four-wheelers. Rather than just ride, they ride wheelies… and they are really good at it.
The film follows a 13 year old boy named Pug for three years as he strives to join the club of illegal dirt bikers, known as the “12 O’ Clock Boys.”
Overall, it is a good film and the scenes when the bikers interact with the police are downright intense. As an outlet for youthful energy, I know I loved my dirt bike days. I loved the freedom of tearing down the road, jumping things and just being free. These kids feel that, but without the benefit I had of living in the country. As a way to get out that energy, it may be annoying the folks in the community, but it sure beats carjacking and selling drugs.
I’m not saying this replaces everything negative, but it isn’t all bad.
RATING 6 out of 10