So far the worst movie of the year, Torque is hardly worth the time spent writing this review. Another clone of the mysterious Fast and Furious hype, Torque glamorizes lots of fast bikes, stupid people and terrible dialogue.
Little need be said about this movie: it is really bad. As far as appealing to motorcycle jocks, it fails miserably; not only does it not embrace the vehicles, but it uses computer animation so cheesy that I could just as easily be watching a game of Mario Kart. Little suspense can come from special effects that do not look even halfway realistic, and Torque director Joseph Kahn uses them to overkill. Apparently, Kahn is yet another unfortunate transfer from the music video industry - very few of these people turn out to be good theatrical directors.
On top of everything else, the plot is awful, the script is awful and the acting is awful. Though I sort of glazed over after a few minutes, there is something about a murder and mistaken identity. Who knows, who cares. Martin Henderson turns in a tremendously bad performance in the lead role, but much of the blame has to be placed on the screenplay, which could make more sense if written in Japanese. Oh, and somehow Ice Cube got duped into starring in this film.
There is no point drawing out a review like this any further. Torque features nothing worthwhile, even from a purely entertainment standpoint. Back to music videos for you, Mr. Kahn...
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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