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Despite my gripes I decided to stick around for the duration of this movie and I have to say it's not bad. I definitely enjoyed "Torque" more than I enjoyed the previous movie I reviewed (28 Days Later). It's not pure rubbish like "28 Days Later" but it's still not great either, however "Torque" definitely has an energy and smoothness to it that it's hard to not recommend it (which I do).
When I first thought about Torque I thought previous motorcycle flicks "Biker Boys", "Harley Davidson and Marlboro Man", "Road Dogs" and of course going way way back in the Mr. Peabody Time Machine "Easy Rider" from 1969. However Torque is nowhere near the cult status that "Rider" it is though in the same class as the other films mentioned. Lot's of violence, crazy stunts, and some likeable and unlikable characters are what Torque is all about. Yes that's one what expects nowadays, so if your want those elements mixed with a film about bikers then "Torque" will be for you.
The plot is sort of believable although I've heard a million times in biker films. Henderson, as mentioned plays Cary Ford, a biker of a gang who is blamed by a rival bike leader Trey (Ice Cube) for the murder of his brother. LOL When you have Ice Cube as the lead in your movie, you know your deep trouble. I don't know what the hell Joseph Kahn was thinking. No rappers I've seen have any great acting talent: IceTee, Eminem all suck as actors. Eminem himself the gay bashing, rapper is a joke as a rapper much less an actor..Read more ›
Nothing was new, original, or worth watching if you saw and liked xXx, The Fast and the Furious, and 2 Fast, 2 Furious because you will get nothing more for Torque than a good two stars lower than you rated those previous movies. This movie did TERRIBLE in the box office compared to the other three.
Ice Cube is no Vin Diesel (not even Tyrese for that matter), and Martin Henderson is a much older and more average version of Paul Walker. The only near-leading lady (if you don't count the 5 minute cameo of the pretty Christina Milian) is easily upstaged by all the extras. So obviously this copy-cat movie isn't even saved by a good looking cast.
The acting was very average, but that's to be expected since not many members of the cast have a long movie credit list. The one-liners were downright silly at times, not that there were many to being with.
The basic plot was a biker guy (after coming back from 6 months in Thailand running from the police) gets framed for a murder by another group of bikers because "Ford" (Martin, our main character) won't return the other-bikers' bikes that have drugs in them. Did I mention the man they killed is the brother of the leader in ANOTHER biker gang (this gang happens to be a -ridiculously- urban group for a gang who's in the middle of nowhere) and he goes after Ford too? The gallant Ford, his two friends and his girlfriend have to clear his name. Of course, cars are blown up, people die, car/bike chases ensue and all that jazz.
It sounds complicated because the movie (obviously) tries to hard but the movie is surprisingly (err...Read more ›
The acting: stupid. The story: formulaic. The direction and editing: MTV. The script: cheese-o-rama. The stunts: about as realistic as the stunts in The Matrix without the mind-bending sci-fi backstory to make it plausible.
....and the motorcycle realism... non-existent. For instance, the opening scene. If anyone popped a wheelie on a sport bike at 160 MPH, the second the front wheel touched the ground again they'd be a mile-long red spot on the ground surrounded by burning bike parts.
... and the presence of the legendary Y2K bike at the end. I'm wondering what this chick is doing with a $186,000 motorcycle in her stupid little chopper shop for one thing, then I'm wondering how we're supposed to even come close to believing that the bad guy's garden-variety chopper could keep up with a Y2K, then I'm wondering how we're supposed to believe these two bozos could go on a 200 MPH chase through downtown L.A., then I'm wondering how we're supposed to believe this pretty boy hero wrecks a Y2K at 200 MPH while not wearing a helmet and just hits the ground like he fell off a bicycle and gets up and walks away.
On second thought, I would have thought this movie was STUPID when I was 13 years old, too.
Okay, first up, here's the premise: A frame-up plot designed around fight scenes, mostly involving motorcycles, except the club fight scene, which involves only a part of a motorcycle. The gangs are basically rap and techno guys on japanese motorcycles, which might pass as yakuza in Tokyo, but it just ain't happening out in the deserts of the USA. Not even the Motorhead t-shirts and painted-on tribal tattoos can save these guys from looking like posers. Add on top of it cliche'ed badass attitude and dialogue (standing in front of doors to club, three guys-one asks, "Are you all right, man?" and another responds, "No-I'm NOT all right", then BOOM through rusty doors like he was cued "Okay, enter like a bad ass"). There's also the usual crap like extended discussions that just make you want to claw your eyes out as hero and girlfriend talk and pose about a pool and strange outdoor lights with beer....
I gave it TWO stars only because SOMEONE had the good sense to stick Monster Magnet in this...
Most recent customer reviews
Doing an oil and filter change is more fun than this movie. One of the worst movies that I've ever seen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by James M. Irwin
I know that the movie didn't get great reviews, but the first time I saw it, I really liked it, and had to find it on dvd. I recommend it to anyone who is into bikes.Published on Dec 26 2012 by Char
this movie is very entertaining and has some very thrilling chase
scenes.many of the stunts are not that realistic.the acting is actually
not bad at all though. Read more
Im a rider myself and this is a total insult to bikers everywhere... Exploding windows from a y2k motorcycle.... could the story line and the character backgrounds be lamer.... Read morePublished on April 10 2006
I didn't have high expectations from a this movie from the start but it was far worse than I ever thought it could be. Most of the stunts are completely rediculous. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
Ice Cube is one of the greatest rappers of all-time. "Torque" continues the string of cinematic evidence that he shouldn't give up his day job. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Jamie Mitchell
People make the mistake of going into an action/racing movie like this and expecting realism. The idea of this movie is to escape reality and have fun. Read morePublished on June 26 2004
I enjoyed Torque, it has globs of action like Fast and Furious.Its about a guys has this other guy's equipment and he tells him he cant give it to him at the moment, so they framed... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Chase
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