In contrast to the other bodies in a movie that serves up its younger characters as a gleaming parade of tattooed beef- and cheesecake, Mr. Fishburne appears bloated, paunchy and enervated, and bearing a chip on his shoulder. ''Biker Boyz,'' directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, imagines itself a leaner, hipper, African-American-slanted answer to ''The Fast and the Furious,'' but it has little of the visceral energy of its forerunner and none of its adolescent sense of grandeur. The performers in the movie's rock-meets-soul-meets-hip-hop soundtrack range from James Brown to Metallica to Ja Rule, but the music comes across as an unfocused mélange haphazardly coordinated with the action. Fishburne nor his co-star Derek Luke, who showed such enormous promise in ''Antwone Fisher,'' has charisma to match the campy macho glamour of Vin Diesel.
The movie, which opens today nationwide, should at least have offered some cheap roller-coaster thrills. But the camera work is much too nervous to settle into the swooping groove that might convey the thrill of rocketing low to the ground at speeds of more than 150 miles an hour. And many of the scenes feel overcrowded, as too many people meander into view with no particular place to go. Even when the movie shows a group of bikers executing choreographed movements, their stunts aren't especially impressive. With its choppy pacing and tentative acting, the movie often feels like a montage of film clips hastily pasted together to tell a story. And although that story eventually comes into focus, much of what surrounds it is fuzzy and unclear. One moment ''Biker Boyz'' acts like a chipper dance-party movie; the next it dons brass knuckles and tosses around the same old overused gangsta-rap insults.
No sooner has the movie raised the possibility of a bitter racial competition between white and black bikers than it scurries away from the premise. Luke, in his first major role since ''Antwone Fisher,'' is Kid, an aspiring motorcycle racer whose father, Slick Will (Eriq La Salle), Smoke's obsequiously worshipful mechanic, dies in an accident early in the movie. But it isn't until he and two friends form their own racing club, the Biker Boyz, that Smoke, who controls the underground racing scene, grudgingly gives him the time of day. Shortly after Will's death, Kid's mother, Anita (Vanessa Bell Calloway), shocks her son with the news that Smoke is really his father. Smoke is equally surprised when she drops the same bombshell on him, then begs him to prevent Kid from racing. But the harder Smoke tries to discourage Kid, the more determined he becomes. The drama builds to a climactic race between father and son to determine which will be forced to retire. With its theme of father-son competition, ''Biker Boyz'' is chock full of mythic potential. But the movie is so sloppily written and directed that its bits of bluster never cohere. Luke, who exudes a clean-cut glow, is forced to bounce between irreconcilable extremes of shy, well-spoken courtliness and surly rebellion. Subsidiary characters drift aimlessly in and out of the movie. Meagan Good, as Kid's sweetheart, is sweetly decorative. Lisa Bonet, as a veteran biker chick and Smoke's on-again girlfriend seems so battle-fatigued that whenever the two get together, they collapse in exhaustion. Kid Rock as Smoke's chief rival, Dogg, shows he's no actor. Djimon Hounsou and Tyson Beckford aren't required to act; all they have to do is pose. ''Biker Boyz''is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood; written by Craig Fernandez and Mr. Bythewood, based on a New Times article by Michael Gougis; director of photography, Gregory Gardiner; edited by Terilyn A. Shropshire and Caroline Ross; music by Camara Kambon; production designer, Cecilia Montiel; produced by Stephanie Allain, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Erwin Stoff; released by DreamWorks Pictures. WITH: Laurence Fishburne (Smoke), Derek Luke (Kid), Orlando Jones (Soul Train), Djimon Hounsou (Motherland), Lisa Bonet (Queenie), Brendan Fehr (Stuntman), Larenz Tate (Wood), Kid Rock (Dogg), Eriq La Salle (Slick Will), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Anita), Meagan Good (Tina) and Tyson Beckford (Donny). Biker Boyz (3/10) Movie CLIP - You Want a Piece of Me? Выполните вход, чтобы сообщить о неприемлемом контенте. Biker Boyz movie clips: http://j.mp/1uy2qbQ BUY THE MOVIE: http://j.mp/yHuBDR Don't miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/1u2y6pr.
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Kid's (Derek Luke) ego gets inflated when Smoke (Laurence Fishburne) confronts him about breaking the rules. FILM DESCRIPTION: Two generations of radical bikers face off in this rubber-burning action drama.
Manuel "Smoke" Galloway (Laurence Fishburne) is the leader of the Black Knights, an underground motorcycle club. Smoke, like most of his fellow Knights, is a successful white collar worker who can afford fancy leathers and top quality bikes, and Smoke has earned a reputation as the "King of Cali," willing take on anyone in a drag race, legal or no. Kid (Derek Luke) is a gifted young rider whose father was once Smoke's mechanic; when Kid's dad died after an accident, Kid set out to become the best biker he could be to carry on his father's name and reputation.