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Biker Boyz
Review by Ross Anthony

The impressively long opening shot, replete with an impressive cast and some Biker Boyzsmaller, but still impressive stunts, gives way to a film with unimpressive, often bothersome, action photography and a surface soapy story line. The strong talents of Laurence Fishburne and Derek Luke keep this hokey flick a livable "B" or "B-" but a poorly-scripted blandly-filmed climax drops the picture to a "C+."

I'm a rider myself ... though dirt bikes and enduros are more my preference. But, while waiting for parts at the local cycle shop, I've seen do-it-their-self street bike videos, those riders pulling backward wheelies wizzin' down the freeway. They're awesome. Those videos sport grander more exciting images of the action than does a film called "Biker Boyz." "MI-2" hosts better bike photography for that matter -- you're in it -- you feel it! But then again that was Woo.

Either way, I know that these stunts are awesome and they should feel that way on screen too. Aside, from the cleat to street scene, few other "BB" stunt shots sparked.

If you like dirt bike stunts check out "Ultimate X" or go see a "World Supercross" event.

As for that unfulfilling ending, my friend Don and I discussed alternatives.

  1. The two veer off before the finish line deciding not to end the race at all, just enjoy a fast ride through the countryside. Roll Credits.
  2. The two tie, and passionate about deciding a winner, they continue a long and dangerous race through nearby towns until they go flying off the edge of a cliff. Freeze-frame. Roll Credits.
  3. Have you an idea? Write in.

Either way, anyone who's ever ridden a motorcycle can tell you ... the space allotted for stopping after that race was simply ridiculous. And if you enjoyed Derek Luke -- go see him in "Antwone Fisher" -- now there's a better film.

  • Biker Boyz. Copyright © 2003. PG-13.
  • Starring Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Kid Rock, Orlando Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Meagon Good, Rick Gonzalez, Brendan Fehr.
  • Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood.
  • Screenplay by Craig Fernandez & Reggie Rock.
  • Produced by Stephani Allain, Gina Prince-Bythewood at DreamWorks/3Arts.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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