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