- Rated: R
- Video: Color
- Released: September 24, 2013
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Paramount Catalog
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 01/31/2003
"BIKER BOYZ is the kind of movie Howard Hawks would have made if he'd lived long enough to feel the heat of hip-hop's impact on the culture at large..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/07/2003
"...The great Fishburne is a wizard at conjuring mystique..."
Variety - 02/03/2003
"...Fishburne is his reliably commanding self....The physical challenges in the filming come through on screen..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2003
"...[With] appealing performances and seductive, tightly choreographed visuals..."
Total Film - 12/01/2003
"...[The film] has a cast that excels and a bike-club subculture that interests..."
This eclectic entry in the "extreme sports" genre takes a close, fictionalized look at the world of California motorcycle clubs. (It is based on an L.A. New Times article.) The great Laurence Fishburne appears as Smoke, the unbeaten "king of Cali" motorcycle racing, and president of The Black Knights. When Smoke's ace mechanic (Eriq La Salle) is killed by a flying bike, his furious son Kid (Derek Luke), starts his own club, the Biker Boyz, to gain respect and challenge Smoke for the coveted crown. Bronx-born director Reggie Rock Blythewood keeps the action flowing from drag race to party and back again, steeping the audience in the ritual of the subculture, allowing it to serve as more than a mere backdrop to the coming-of-age mythos and adrenaline pumping, kinetically edited race and stunt sequences. A great soundtrack helps the narrative roll smoothly over some of the film's dramatically bumpy stretches, and music icon Kid Rock has a memorable turn as Dogg, Smoke's rough riding chief rival. Larenz Tate, Orlando Jones, and Djimon Honsou also lend strength as their fellow bikers. The very cool Lisa Bonet and the very fine Meagan Good play Smoke's and Kid's respective love interests.
African Americans |
Car / Automobile Racing |
Coming Of Age |
Stunt People |
- Theatrical release: January 31, 2003