The Fast and the Furious was a bad movie. It had bad acting, a bad script, a bad story, and really, not that great of action. The only thing going for it was the cars. Nevertheless, it was a huge success, and in lieu of its 2003 sequel, Biker Boyz, the first clone trying to capitalize on the genre's success, hit theaters earlier in the year, and left a couple of weeks later. Audiences were smart this time, as Biker Boyz makes The Fast and the Furious look like an Oscar-winning Godsend.
A rather respectable cast, namely Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix trilogy), Derek Luke (who made his debut in Antwone Fisher only a month before this movie's release) and Djimon Hounsou (Amistad, Gladiator), populate Biker Boyz, along with others such as Kid Rock and Eriq La Salle ("E.R."). With exception to Kid Rock, it is a mystery as to why the other actors even considered signing onto a film like this...
First off, Biker Boyz is essentially a cheesy drama disguised as a fast and furious action movie. There are plenty of bike races, but the rest of the movie is populated with father-son commentary, relationships, and more. Perhaps the actors thought that this movie was actually deeper than the typical action fare, but what audience was this movie aimed at? A stupid movie about underground motorcycle racing cannot possibly draw in the crowd looking for deep drama, and vice versa. It makes no sense.
Second, the movie is damn boring. As mentioned earlier, the movie tries to be dramatic more than anything else, but it can hardly be classified as a drama just because it is just so ridiculous and stupid. Biker Boyz is by no means an exciting drama. It is a boring action movie. The action scenes are all identical and all bike races, where the two contenders rev their motors forever and finally shoot down a straight path towards a line painted on the ground. That is all. There is no crime (other than the obvious illegal circumstances surrounding the racing itself) and no plot directly related to the racing; in fact, I don't even know why there is motorcycle racing in this movie. It has nothing to do with anything.
Third, why would any actor or director sign on to a movie titled Biker Boyz? At least, for God's sake, spell 'Boys' correctly. Or maybe don't have 'Boys' in the title at all.
Or better yet, don't make this boring film.
Unfortunately, it has been made. Most people have been wise enough to stay clear of it; it is recommended that the rest that are considering it follow the trend.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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