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Awesome: 2.63%
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Pretty Crappy: 27.63%

7 reviews, 34 user ratings

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by EricDSnider

"Loud, dumb stuff in which the best performance is by Ice Cube."
2 stars

"Torque" is a guy movie, made by guys, full of guys (and some hot babes), and following a guy's idea of what constitutes a logical progression of events. In the video-game-addled mind of your average guy, it makes perfect sense for every disagreement to culminate in a fight, followed immediately by a motorcycle chase. There is so much testosterone in this film that any woman who watches it will come out of it with a hairy chest and a favorite football team.

So it's a stupid film, about California motorcycle gangs and drug smuggling and all that, but is it fun? Yes and no. The race sequences are loud, fast and sharply edited, and first-time director Joseph Kahn and cinematographer Peter Levy manage some pretty nifty camerawork. The whole thing feels like the 21st-century offspring of music videos, beer commercials and porn, and I'm sure you understand that in the right context, such offspring can be highly enjoyable.

Unfortunately, the people talk when they're not racing, and those parts are boring and silly. Our hero is Ford (Martin Henderson), who six months ago left the country because the FBI was after him for a huge pile of drugs that weren't his but he knew they wouldn't believe him. Now that the heat is off, he's back, trying to patch things up with the girlfriend (Monet Mazur) he left behind without explanation.

However, the real owner of the drugs, gang leader Henry (Matt Schulze), wants to know where Ford hid them, especially considering he hid them in some of Henry's motorcycles; drugs and bikes have been missing for half a year now, and Henry's MAD!!!!

Also mad is the leader of another gang, Trey (Ice Cube), whose brother was killed by Henry, though Henry made it look like Ford did it, thus putting Ford on the run from the feds AND Trey AND Henry.

Oh, but it's all so silly. While it's chock-full of style (and nothing else), it lacks the pizzazz to elevate it from tedious action film to giddy adrenaline rush. Every performance except Ice Cube's is flat, and there is no wit in the dialogue. It's just filler between chase scenes, and filler gets old after a while.

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originally posted: 01/15/04 21:27:49
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User Comments

3/24/18 morris campbell lame for fast & furious fans only 1 stars
8/14/08 Shaun Wallner Boring not worth it! 1 stars
4/03/07 David Pollastrini Not Ice Cube's best work 2 stars
5/12/06 mr.seraph "pretty" movie... but bad story... bad acting... it may look nice... but its a poor movie 2 stars
6/29/05 fiokiee edward minty its ok but the ideal of helopter bikea t the end its speep was too much and the act of the 4 stars
12/30/04 Dan wtf did I just watch? 1 stars
8/09/04 tatum Dumb, but with watchable cast 2 stars
8/06/04 Samurai Z NOT BAD MATE!!! packed with action goodies 4 stars
7/21/04 Ben Krake Torque is the most crapiest movie i have ever seen especially when van deisal's line was us 1 stars
3/30/04 Alex This movie is awesome. It is fast, action packed and so much fun. 5 stars
3/22/04 ILLEGALLY BLONDE Saw it with friends. Couldn't torque 'em out of it. Picks up a little interest toward end. 3 stars
3/15/04 Graeme Cowie This is the biggest load of bollocks I have seen ever! 1 stars
2/12/04 too-much-coffee-man what exactly about the ads alone doesn't scream, "Avoid this!"? 1 stars
2/07/04 MelissaNYC Movies like Torque were made for MaRIa - loud and dumb. 1 stars
2/04/04 Tabularas This Film sucks! There are lazy impossible stunts and no logic in it. Spare your money!!!! 1 stars
1/27/04 Chloe Brody Pieces of horse shit is more entertaining than this 1 stars
1/26/04 MaRIa i reckon it was maaaad worth ur money ppl dont woryy bout the other gyes saying it was gayi 5 stars
1/25/04 JEN I loved this movie i thought it was very cool 4 stars
1/22/04 Jestyr i went expecting a bad movie...and i still thought i got ripped off. 1 stars
1/20/04 Betty White Not as bad as you'd think. Breathtaking action scenes almost make up for the lousy script. 3 stars
1/19/04 Shaun stupid and obnoxious 1 stars
1/19/04 Todd I feel like I've been gang raped by everyone involved in this movie. 1 stars
1/18/04 Stephen Spielborg Even I could make a better movie. 1 stars
1/18/04 Chango Not as bad as Attack of the Clones, but not all that great. Winter popcorn flick. 3 stars
1/17/04 MetallicA Does the producer of XXX and the fast and the furious mean anything? 1 stars
1/17/04 Shawn stupid, extremely fake, save your $$$ 1 stars
1/17/04 Brian ugh... 1 stars
1/16/04 Idiot DON'T WRIST YOUR MONEY 1 stars
1/16/04 Nikolai You just don't get it. It's not an emotion it's a word. The screener is hiding WMDs 1 stars
1/16/04 J This movie is retarded! No Star is deserved 1 stars
1/14/04 Joe Blow Horrible digital effects due to apparent lack of qualified stunt people. Typical garbage. 1 stars
1/11/04 Stu Looks bloody shitful - wouldn't bother wasting my time. 1 stars
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  16-Jan-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 18-May-2004



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