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Torque (DVD) (WS)
When biker Cary Ford (Martin Henderson) returns to his hometown to reunite with his girlfriend, he's framed by an old rival for a murder he didn't commit. Now, unaware that he's in possession of a fortune in contraband, targeted for revenge by the victim's brother and relentlessly pursued by the FBI, Ford must outrace his enemies as he fights to clear his name.]]>
A lot has changed in the biker-movie genre since Hell's Angels on Wheels, and Torque may be the new benchmark of feverish chopper action. Martin Henderson plays Cary, a speed king and relatively civilized outlaw with a knack for annoying everyone, including drug smugglers, the FBI, an ex-girlfriend, and, worst of all, biker gang leader Trey (Ice Cube), who thinks Cary killed his brother. On the run from everyone, Cary survives by playing all sides against one another. But the story is less important than the frantic, over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek action surrounding it. The Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz is responsible for this crazy, violent, yet appealingly sardonic cowboys-on-wheels piece. --Tom Keogh
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TORQUE is not a knock-off of FAST/FURIOUS. It is a self aware, tongue-in-cheek commentary on those movies, and for me it's much more enjoyable than they are. TORQUE is delightfully over the top. It has bike-fu. It has a climactic set piece that is quite literally a video game. It has Jamie Pressly who barely says a word of dialog and spends the entire movie wearing revealing leather outfits, licking her lips in a seductive manner, and smacking other characters on the ass. It has Adam Scott's hair, and Adam Scott in general. It has obvious and obnoxious product placement. It has thoroughly cheesy dialog. It is shot in a way that makes Edgar Wright look downright calm. And at 81 minutes, it's briskly paced and doesn't overstay it's welcome.
I will say this isn't as good as SHAUN OF THE DEAD or HOT FUZZ or the Holy Grail EVIL DEAD II as those come from places of love and are legit zombie/action/horror films while at the same time commenting on those genres. I mean, if you like those movies, you should definitely check out TORQUE, but TORQUE comes from a cynical place and is only trying to troll. In that end, it is a success.
If you're not in on the joke of TORQUE, yeah, you're gonna hate it. Maybe you'll hate it either way. All I can tell you is that I had a stupid grin on my face for most of the run time.