Smarter-than-it-looks biker flick

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More of the same from the producers of auto derbies like The Fast And The Furious, this time with bikes. The plot could fit on a postage stamp, involving the framing of biker hunk Cary (Martin Henderson) by snake-mean drug dealer Henry James (yep) for the murder of the brother of black biker lord Trey (Ice Cube), leading to a film-long chase through California’s desert back-roads.

It’s the feature film debut for Eminem video director Joseph Kahn, who injects enough gaudy touches and good-humoured fizz to keep your brain out of neutral. The cast wear Stones and Ramones T-shirts, and Cube shamelessly barks “Fuck tha police” down an uber-bling mobile magnetically attached to his headgear. Computer game CGI mixes with bruising bike-straddling stuntwork for a final dockside punch-up, while Henderson’s anaemic hero is compensated for by Monet Mazur’s knowing tough-chick girlfriend. As for the full-speed bike chase through a passenger train?please don’t try this at home.


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